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The Low Commission consultation meetings

The Low Commission on the Future of Advice and Legal Support, chaired by Lord Colin Low CBE, was launched on 4 December 2012 to develop a strategy for access to advice and support on social welfare law in England and Wales.

Since its launch, the Low Commission has been gathering evidence about the future of advice and legal support on social welfare law issues in England and Wales. In addition to encouraging written evidence submissions, the Commission has arranged meetings to discuss issues such as advice and IT, innovation in the advice sector and pro bono. The Commission has also visited advice agencies in England and Wales and held a series of one to one meetings with those working in the sector, government officials and interested parliamentarians.

The Commission will publish its emerging recommendations and draft report in September and is keen to hear as many views on its proposals as possible. As part of this process, the Commission has organised a series of consultation meetings in Cardiff (4 September), London (5 September) and Manchester (19 September) (all from 1.30pm to 4.30pm). The All-Party Group on Legal Aid will also hold a meeting to discuss the recommendations. The draft report will be sent to those attending the consultation events in advance.

Lord Low commented: 'We are very grateful to everyone who has shared their time and insight with us so far and we hope that the advice sector will continue to allow us to draw on its knowledge and expertise. I warmly encourage honest and open appraisal of our recommendations and look forward to productive consultation meetings.'

Following the consultation period, the Commission will revise its report in advance of publication in January 2014.

If you would like to attend one of these events, please contact: sogilvie@lag.org.uk for further details.


'Early thoughts of the Low Commission', April 2013 Legal Action.


 

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