Consultation to enhance legal support for those facing eviction or repossession

7 Oct 2019 03:49 PM

People at risk of losing their home are set to benefit from enhanced legal support following a consultation launched by the government on 4 October 2019

  • new proposals will improve access to legal aid for anyone at risk of losing their home
  • consultation set to run for 12 weeks and follows extensive stakeholder engagement on how to improve current scheme
  • plans were announced by Justice Minister Wendy Morton MP at the Legal Aid Practitioners Group Annual Conference

The Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) offers free ‘on-the-day’ legal advice to anyone in danger of being evicted from their home or having their property repossessed, regardless of their financial circumstances.  Given the vital role the HPCDS plays in ensuring access to justice and the timely resolution of legal problems, the continuation of the service is of paramount importance. The proposed changes will ensure it keeps pace with changes in the wider justice system.

Over a number of months, the Ministry of Justice has worked with stakeholders and agreed a package of measures that would ensure the sustainability of this vital scheme, improving access to legal advice and representation for anyone facing possession proceedings in court.

Justice Minister, Wendy Morton MP said:

Housing repossession and homelessness are two of the most serious civic problems that any person can experience.  This ambitious new model will provide greater support for those who rely on it most, while being more financially viable for providers and ensuring long-term sustainability.

The consultation proposes:

Have your say: Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme consultation

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