Legal Aid Scheme: Canterbury

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th July 2019.

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Photo of Rosie Duffield Rosie Duffield Labour, Canterbury

What steps his Department is taking to improve provision of legal aid for housing cases in Canterbury.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

After the latest LAA civil tender the number of offices providing legal aid services has increased by 7% in housing and debt. The LAA reviews the access to services on a regular basis and takes any necessary action to maintain access to those services.

As a result of the 2018 civil contract procurement activity access to providers offering Housing advice in Kent, and specifically the Kent Coast procurement area in which Canterbury falls, has increased.

Following an extensive and open programme of engagement, we recently published our review of LASPO. We announced that we are launching a series of pilots offering early legal advice for an area of social welfare such as housing. These pilots will help us determine the most effective solutions going forward.

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