Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has backed the Law Society’s campaign calling for an end to legal aid deserts.
More than half the local authorities in England and Wales have no publicly funded legal advice for housing, and the Law Society have published a new heat map which shows that provision of legal aid advice for housing is disappearing in large areas of England and Wales.
The map shows that in Cheshire West and Chester there are no housing legal aid providers to serve a population of 337,986.
“I am regularly contacted by constituents facing homelessness or trying to challenge a rogue landlord but who increasingly can’t get the expert legal advice they desperately need.
“The Law Society’s heat map shows the extremely worryingly, total lack of coverage of housing legal aid providers in our area.
“The Government must urgently act to end housing legal aid deserts and ensure that people are able to access the legal advice and representation they are entitled to.”
You can find out more information about the Law Society’s campaign on their website here: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/policy-campaigns/campaigns/access-to-justice/end-legal-aid-deserts/