Enfield Disability Action has identified a gap in specialist legal advice services to those with disabilities within North London Enfield. Lani Parker the project leader, has been successful in securing funding for a 12 month project to bridge that gap. By bringing specialist solicitors into partnership with the project, front line service providers will be supplied with training and direct access to legal advice.
Edmonton’s MP Andy Love is supporting the project designed to remove barriers often present for those with disabilities which prevent access to justice. The Government’s welfare reforms and legal aid cuts have hit those with disabilities hardest. TV Edwards are offering their expert legal advice to support the free bi-monthly drop in advice sessions, we are also providing direct access to a lawyer by telephone or email to support the advice network in Enfield outside of surgery hours. There has never been a shortage of talented and dedicated advice workers, but the demand on them currently is immense due to the cuts in Legal Aid.
Please click here to download the poster and find out more about the scheme.
TV Edwards Solicitor and Head of Housing and Community Care Jane Pritchard said:
TV Edwards will continue to commit to providing support to front line services wherever necessary to ensure the most vulnerable in society have access to justice. Pro bono advice clinics in no way fill the gap left by Legal Aid cuts in April 2013, however working in partnership to deliver services with the not for profit sector and our colleagues in the profession, is a no brainer. We know since the Legal Aid cuts there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of people who are accessing civil Legal Aid, a reduction of 80% for Legal Help cases ( 2009/10 – 2013/14) and 30% for those that go on to court (2010/11- 2013/14). The stronger partnerships like this are, the more chance we have of reaching those in most need.