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Repossession Orders: Advisory Services

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the number of individuals who have accessed housing possession court duty schemes who had received no prior legal advice in the latest period for which figures are available. (242446)

The Legal Services Commission does not record whether individuals accessing the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme have received prior legal advice. However, it would not expect the majority of individuals to have done so given the emergency nature of the advice.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals have gained access to housing possession court duty schemes in each month since they were introduced. (242613)

Between 2001 and 2005 the Legal Services Commission funded 13 pilot duty schemes as part of their research into alternative methods of delivery of legal services. These pilots assisted approximately 5,000 people per year. A monthly breakdown for this period could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Since April 2005, over 87,000 acts of assistance have been given by LSC funded Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes. The following table provides a monthly breakdown.

Month

Acts of assistance

Annual total

April 2005

563

May 2005

553

June2005

622

July 2005

544

August 2005

709

September 2005

845

October 2005

995

November 2005

1,240

December 2005

1,021

January 2006

1,601

February 2006

1,736

March 2006

1,602

12,030

April 2006

2,031

May 2006

2,458

June 2006

2,349

July 2006

2,319

August 2006

2,319

September 2006

2,477

October 2006

2,694

November 2006

2,805

December 2006

1,975

January 2007

2,413

February 2007

2,072

March 2007

1,650

27,560

April 2007

2,315

May 2007

2,354

June 2007

2,306

July 2007

2,596

August 2007

2,536

September 2007

2,728

October 2007

2,571

November 2007

2,698

December 2007

2,121

January 2008

2,946

February 2008

2,788

March 2008

2,513

30,470

April 2008

3,103

May 2008

2,625

June 2008

2,797

July 2008

3,106

August 2008

2,644

September 2008

3,007

17,280