Low Commission calls for £100m for social welfare law

After a year long enquiry, the Low Commission has published its report on social welfare law advice and support. You can download the report here.

It calls for a national strategy for advice and legal support as the current approach is failing the poorest and most vulnerable.

Crucially, it has identified that £100m funding is needed, half from central government and the other half from other sources, including payday loan companies. The report also calls for:

  • A cross-departmental ministerial post to oversee the implementation of an advice and support strategy
  • Restoration of legal aid for housing cases so that people do not have to wait until eviction is imminent
  • Urgent reform of the exceptional case provisions under section 10 of LASPO, as they are clearly failing to provide a safety net

We hope that the report will be studied by all political parties as they consider their policy positions in the run up to the next Westminster elections.

 

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