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Commission calls for reintroduction of legal aid in all housing cases

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Legal

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Legal aid should be reintroduced in all housing cases, a new report has concluded.

Published today, the Low Commission's study - Tackling the advice deficit: a strategy for access to advice and legal support on social welfare law in England and Wales – calls for access to legal aid in housing disrepair and the right to quiet enjoyment cases.

Currently legal aid is only available in eviction cases.

The report, which comes at the end of a year-long investigation into the UK's social welfare law provision, recommends reforms guaranteeing that the country's poorest and most vulnerable get access to legal help in employment, debt, and housing disputes, and the introduction of a £100 million fund to create a basic level of legal aid provision.

Lord Low, the cross-bencher who led the commission, said: "Our report makes sobering reading and we are calling on political parties of all stripes to recognise the need to act before we reach crisis point."

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