On 4 May 2020, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced that it will be allocating £5.4million of new government funding to support the legal advice sector in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
The funding administered to the Community Justice Fund has been put in place to benefit individuals seeking help with employment problems, housing, debt and discrimination.
In accordance with MoJ, the funds will be distributed ‘to those most in need through not for profit organisations and Law Centres across England and Wales’ and is designed to help organisations continue to provide legal advice and deliver services remotely throughout the uncertain period.
Justice Minister, Alex Chalk said:
‘’Law Centres and charities in the advice sector play a vital role in helping people access justice and resolve their legal problems. That is why they should be supported to continue to operate safely and effectively during the Covid-19 pandemic. This additional £5.4 million support fund will help do just that – giving providers the support they need to boost remote capability and help as many people as possible during these challenging times.’’
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