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Legal Aid: Housing

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for acts of assistance relating to housing the Legal Services Commission (LSC) received in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the total number of requests to the LSC relating to housing each figure represents. (259677)

Applications for acts of assistance by way of legal help are received by the supplier, for example the solicitor or advice bureau, and central records are not kept by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). However, the LSC does have records of applications granted in terms of the number of new matters started, as reported to it by suppliers. Table 1 as follows shows the number of housing new matters started in each of the last five financial years. These figures include matters started under Community Legal Service Direct telephone advice scheme introduced in July 2004.

The LSC directly receives applications for acts of assistance by way of civil representation. The number of such applications received for housing matters, and the proportion granted are shown as follows at table 2.

Table 1: Legal help

Housing new matters started

Proportion of all new matters started (percentage)

2007-08

127,257

15.8

2006-07

133,311

15.7

2005-06

110,315

14.1

2004-05

83,193

12.7

2003-04

80,260

11.3

Table 2: Civil representation

Housing applications

Applications granted

Proportion of total civil representation applications (percentage)

2007-08

14,402

11,743

8.4

2006-07

15,130

12,021

8.0

2005-06

15,786

12,374

8.1

2004-05

14,406

11,834

7.5

2003-04

14,405

12.066

7.0