FAQs about LLST
Why does LLST need to exist?
Many of the advice agencies we support are run on such tight
budgets that any "administration", such as the time and staffing
needed for raising money, is not funded, and so unless these
agencies have volunteers who are skilled in this area fundraising
must either detract from other work or not be carried out. The
London Legal Support Trust provides a mechanism through which
fundraising can occur. The Trust is entirely self-funding and so
does not take away from any funding pools that exist for legal
advice providers; any work it does and money it raises benefit only
the wider community.
Does LLST provide legal services itself?
No, we work solely on the fundraising and social policy side of
things. Our beneficiaries are the advice agencies we support and if
they are in need of legal advice we try to help find this pro bono
either through LawWorks (the solicitors pro bono group), the Bar
Pro Bono Unit, or by approaching one of the law firms who take part
in LLST events.
Why is keeping free legal advice going so important?
Community legal advice services are important as they help the
most vulnerable individuals and families to be treated fairly. They
help over 2 million people every year receive protection, shelter
& education. For over 60 years legal and advice services have
been helping local people to help themselves.
If someone does not get help early in a problem, it will only
become more complex, harder to resolve and more costly. The right
advice early on can save £10 for every £1 invested and keep
families together in their homes, and in work and education.
Up to two-thirds of the population are unaware of how to get the
legal services they need, and nearly 70% have no knowledge of basic
legal processes. Less than 50% of young people facing serious
problems, for example in housing and education, get the advice they
What will be the impact of the proposed cuts by the Government
to Legal aid?
Legal aid services are already struggling to meet demand, and
the consequences of the funding cuts proposed by this legislation
will be felt all over the country.
The changes mean some types of cases are no longer eligible for
public funds, this includes welfare benefits, employment, housing
law and clinical negligence, except in very limited
Since April nearly all family law advice has been removed from the
legal aid scheme. This means people can no longer get funding for
divorce or child contact or residence disputes.The cuts will have a
dramatic impact on the availability of legal aid.
To see some examples of the cases our work funds please click here