Now, the spread of COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdown has meant that advice agencies, who were already fighting the threat of closure, are now facing an increase in demand, without the resources to meet it. Many people are dealing with serious issues in the areas of housing, employment, debt, and benefits, and need urgent legal advice to address them. Already battered by budget cuts, these agencies are less able to survive the disruption caused by COVID-19. It is estimated that up to half of advice agencies face the threat of closure, leaving communities with nowhere to turn.
LLST offers support to a wide range of not for profit advice and legal services, which provide a key route to access for justice for people with these and related problems, which can affect any of us, every day.