Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau

Free Independant Legal Advice for Birmingham

To provide free independant legal advice to the citizens of Birmingham between April 2011 and August 2011, during which time there will be no services available in Birmingham due to funding cuts. We are seeking temporary funding to enable us to service the 25,000 clients expected during this time.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 April 2011 to 12:00 PM, 1 August 2011

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Situation

The lack of free legal advice available to the citizens of Birmingham between April 2011 and August 2011. Birmingham City Council has withdrawn all funding for free independant legal advice to the citizens of Birmingham while it restructures its funding provision. Birmingham CAB sees 56,000 people a year seeking independant advice. These people will be without support during this time and will be forced into either paying for advice or becoming mentally, phsyically and financially worse off.

Solution

Our project will provide a free independant imaprtial legal advice to all those who need it. approximately 25,000 people during this period. The project will be spread across Birmingham out of 5 offices and will be staffed predominantly by highly trained volunteers supported by several staff experienced in a wide variety of legal advice. The advice given will cover a range of issues from debt advice, benefit claims and housing to border disputes, consumer advice and relationship breakdowns.