Government Unveils First Legal Advice Pilot Project | News


The government has revealed that it will launch a first pilot legal advice project next year, three years after its initial pledge.

In response to the latest report from the House of Commons Special Justice Committee on Legal Aid, the government said the pilot project will test the impact of early legal advice in welfare law – with a specific focus on housing, debt and welfare issues – about solving people’s problems faster and the impact this can have on longer-term housing problems.

“The pilot will target this advice to a group of people identified as being in need, for example people who have some type of arrears. We will then test the impact of this opinion against a control group to try to quantify the impact of an earlier intervention. We will announce more details on the pilot in due course, ”the government response said.

The Ministry of Justice committed in February 2019 to pilot legal aid for early advice in an area of ​​social protection law as part of its legal support action plan.

Meanwhile, the government has announced that it will soon release its long-awaited means-tested review and public consultation.

The justice committee made several recommendations on reforms to legal aid in criminal matters. The government responded that the issues would be addressed in its response to Sir Christopher Bellamy’s independent review of criminal legal aid.

Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce said she hopes the government’s response to the reviews “will lead to substantial progress in addressing the issues plaguing our legal aid system.”


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