Developing a strategy for access to advice and support on Social Welfare Law in England and Wales
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The Low Commission was launched on 4 December 2012 at the Legal Action Group’s Annual Lecture.

Evidence gathering and meetings

The Low Commission started to gather evidence about the extent of the cuts, their impact and proposals for change in a number of ways:

  • The Commission conducted its own research into the cuts in six areas: Bristol, Gloucestershire, Leicester, London, Rochdale and the Western Bay area of Wales ;
  • General Call for Evidence: the Low Commission would like to hear from individuals or organisations with expertise in the area of Social Welfare Law advice. If you think you might be able to help the Commission, please visit our Can You Help? page ;
  • The Commission organises meetings to hear oral evidence from experts and to review the submissions of written evidence. You can Read Evidence and read reports of the Commission meetings;
  • The Commission publishes discussion papers and will ask for feedback on these papers. The papers are available to read and if you would like to comment on them please use the Submit Evidence page; and
  • The Commission holds one-to-one meetings and roundtable discussions to canvass views. You can keep up to date with these meetings by following the Commission’s blog and twitter.


The Low Commission undertakes further consultation on its emerging Recommendations in September 2013.


The Low Commission publishes its final report in January 2014.

Next Steps

The Low Commission holds a Parliamentary event in early 2014

Lord Low secures a debate in the House of Lords in February 2014

The Low Commission starts to develop an implementation and communication strategy to encourage policy-makers to take up its recommendations.

The Low Commission appoints a Campaigns and Research Manager to take forward the next stage of its work.

The Low Commission is planning further reports and events

SECOND STAGE: Follow up work

The Low Commission launches a regular newsletter

The Low Commission publishes an economic evidence review June 2014

The Low Commission holds events at all three pre-election Party Conferences

The Low Commission launches a second report in March 2015

The Low Commission launches a third report (on Health and Advice) in June 2015

The Low Commission holds a Conference at Dept of Health in November 2015