Wiltshire Law Centre, provides free legal advice on debt, welfare benefits and housing in the Swindon area.
The Legal Services Commission awarded the Centre a contract worth £380,000 a year for three years to continue this service. The contract begins in October and mean that the Centre is recruiting two new caseworkers.
Neil Baker, business and finance manager at the Wiltshire Law Centre, underlined the importance of the award, and was quoted as saying: “If we had not been successful in this bid the Law Centre would have been looking at closure at the end of the year.”
By October the Centre will have nine caseworkers, including one solicitor and one barrister, covering all areas of social welfare law.
- Legal aid tender will restrict choice (guardian.co.uk)
- Fears over legal aid to vulnerable (independent.co.uk)