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Social housing tenants may not benefit from a raft of improvements proposed by the Social Housing White Paper if no provisions are made to increase access to legal aid.
That is the view of the Law Society, who are calling for government to do more in this area.
“These proposals have been much anticipated and the proposals for better landlord accountability and a strengthened regulatory regime are extremely welcome,” said Law Society of England and Wales president David Greene.
“However, there is no mention of improvements to the availability of legal aid to accompany these improvements. The additional rights that go with them may have very little meaning if people are unable to access them – in many cases, tenants will need legal advice which they can ill afford without legal aid.
“Making advice services available through a Housing Ombudsman is no replacement for specialist legal advice,” he added.
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