In July 2022 the Government announced grant funding of £3.2m to support vulnerable people to resolve their legal problems, primarily social welfare issues including debt, housing and employment.
Cumbria Law Centre was one of 55 organisations awarded funding from the Access to Justice Foundation on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, with a grant of £52,500.
Speaking John said, “I am delighted to hear that this funding will be utilised in Carlisle. It will help many of our more vulnerable residents who are unfortunately experiencing civil, family or social welfare legal problems. This will enable people to be assisted to resolve issues at an early stage or supported at the court or tribunal for those cases that progress.”
Justice Minister Lord Bellamy said, “Those who most need support should be able to access it quickly and easily, which is why we’re increasing funding for organisations providing this vital service. Early intervention helps prevent people from undergoing lengthy court proceedings – saving time, money and unnecessary stress.
It adds to more than £5 million of investment this year, including a £1 million cost-of-living grant, to help organisations respond to increasing demand for free legal advice. Specialist guidance is offered in person, by telephone or online, to help deal with problems before they escalate or to support those who need to appear in court.”