Consultation: Housing Legal Aid - The Way Forward
The Ministry of Justice has opened a consultation on changes to the Housing Legal Aid programme.
The main proposals are:
- remodel the delivery to become a new Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service (HLPAS), incorporating both the existing service of advice and representation at court but also early legal advice before court
- expanding the scope of legal aid so that HLPAS providers can offer early legal advice on social welfare law matters to individuals facing procession proceedings
- contracts for individual courts rather than larger geographical areas
- allowing providers to claim for the court duty fee in addition to a Legal Help fee for follow on work
- introducing a set attendance fee for all schemes, replacing the existing nil session payment
The consultation runs until 20th January 2022 and can be found here.