Friday 20 April 2018 / 6:35 AM Justice / Richard Burgon

Labour to restore publicly funded legal advice for housing

Labour to restore publicly funded legal advice for housing

Labour is announcing a new policy to restore legal advice in all housing cases.

The move could help up to 50,000 households per year enforce their housing rights, giving a better deal to tenants.

The move would reverse restrictions to legal advice for housing cases that resulted from the Conservatives’ 2013 reforms to legal aid.

Launching the policy at a keynote speech at the University of Law, Manchester, Richard Burgon MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary will say:

“Everyone should have the right to a safe and decent home.

“But the withdrawal of legal advice in many housing cases has weakened tenants’ rights, which can only benefit rogue landlords.

“Restoring this legal aid for housing advice will help tens of thousands of people resolve their housing issues and regain their housing rights.

“Prevention is better than cure and this policy will help stop problems like damp, leaking roofs or faulty electrics from spiralling out of control and causing tenants even greater misery.”