The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has announced the allocation of £13 million of legal aid funding for debt and housing problems.
The move comes in response to changing demand generated by the credit crisis with the LSC noticing a greater number of people consulting a solicitor regarding housing and debt concerns.
The organisation’s Community Legal Advice currently receives 69 per cent more cases of mortgage repossession than last December, a claim which chimes with statistics demonstrating a 12 per cent rise in repossessions over the past three months.
The £13 million will come from recycled or reallocated funds meaning it will not exceed present LSC budgets. The money will go towards 50,000 extra debt cases and 20,000 extra housing cases.