Developing a strategy for access to advice and support on Social Welfare Law in England and Wales
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The story so far

Thank you for visiting the new website of the Low Commission on the Future of Advice and Legal Support. Hopefully it provides answers to most of the questions that you may have about the Commission, but if that’s not the case then feel free to email us.

Although the Commission will officially launch this evening (4 December 2012), work has been going on behind the scenes to get the Commission up and running for some time. Much earlier in the year, work began to secure funding for the Commission. Richard Gutch was appointed as Secretary to the Commission and Lord Low agreed to Chair the Commission.

Towards the end of October, all the Commissioners got together to discuss how to approach the project and to agree on a Work Programme for the next twelve months.

Since then, Richard and I have been to meetings with many of the big advice networks, all of whom have been very generous with their time and knowledge. We’ve also been to visit a few advice organisations in London to get a sense of how agencies operate on a day-to-day basis. We’re very grateful to Advice Services Alliance, Advice UK, Citizens Advice, Community Links, Lasa, Law Centres Federation, Mary Ward Legal Centre and Toynbee Hall for helping us to get up to speed and we’re already beginning to plan how we can work with them, using their networks to gather as much evidence as we can and to help us test out our ideas.

We’ve also been invited to a number of really interesting events, such as the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council’s Annual Conference and the Civil Justice Council’s Forum on Self Represented Litigants.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been preparing for the launch (you might have seen a couple of interviews with Colin in the press) and the first meeting of the Commission, which will take place tomorrow (5 December 2012).

Hopefully that helps to bring you up to date with the work of the Commission so far. We’ll post regular updates here and if you have any comments or feedback then please do get in touch.

Sara Ogilvie