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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.

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