Evaluation

prevention

Can providing earlier legal advice help prevent homelessness?

Project Details

Last updated:

September 13, 2022

Status

Setting up

Contact

hello@homelessnessimpact.org

Key reports

Early intervention advice in relation to welfare benefits, debt and housing has been declining.

Legal aid has reduced significantly since the introduction of The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders in 2012.

To address this, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have launched a pilot to test whether offering early legal advice on housing, welfare and debt issues can help to alleviate an individual's legal problems before they reach the court or justice system. We will evaluate the outcomes of those who receive support to understand the impact on housing outcomes.

The pilot will provide people with three hours legal help and may also provide some participants with access to follow-up help from the same provider.

How we are going about it

We are currently in the early stages of this project and are currently trying to establish the best methods. At the moment we believe that a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) may be the best way to measure the impact of early legal advice as an intervention. Once we have identified the best way to assess this intervention, we will have a more definitive timeline for each stage of the evaluation. 

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Project Details

Last updated:

September 13, 2022

Status

Setting up

Funded by

Contact

hello@homelessnessimpact.org

Key documents

Can providing earlier legal advice help prevent homelessness?

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project dates
June 2022 - March 2023
project leads
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