The Low Commission on the Future of Advice and Legal Support launched on 4 December 2012. The Commission, chaired by Lord Colin Low, will develop a strategy for access to advice and support on Social Welfare Law in England and Wales.
The Commission’s work covers: asylum, benefits, community care, debt, education (including special educational needs), employment, housing and immigration. The Commission will take a wide view of its brief, looking at ways of reducing demand for advice and legal support in these areas, as well as investigating new approaches to delivery and funding.
The Commission is currently inviting general evidence submissions and is consulting on a series of context papers on different aspects of social welfare law as well as a summary of the Commission’s potential areas for recommendations, on which we would also value your comments. These papers can be found on the Documents page.
The Commission will publish its final report in December 2013 but will consult on its emerging recommendations in September 2013. The Commission will meet with experts and users at a series of meetings and roundtables and will welcome written submissions of evidence to help inform its work.