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Consultation on the future funding of the Specialist Support Service - Legal Services Commission - closes 11 May 2012

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Consultation on the future funding of the Specialist Support Service<

30 March 2012

Consultation opened on March 30

The LSC has launched a consultation on the future funding of the Specialist Support Service.

The consultation period opened on Friday 30 March, and the deadline for responses is Friday 11 May 2012.

We are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in, or experience of, the issues covered by this consultation.

About the Specialist Support Service

The Specialist Support began as a pilot scheme in 2000, to:

  • improve legal service delivery;
  • produce better outcomes for clients; and;
  • build capacity and knowledge of the law, and skills in advice and casework.

We fund nine Specialist Support organisations to provide a second tier, expert service in civil categories of law to eligible organisations.  Specialist Support covers:

  • housing 
  • welfare benefits 
  • debt 
  • employment 
  • immigration 
  • community care 
  • public law 
  • mental health

Contracts with the Specialist Support organisations are due to expire on 30 June 2012.

The consultation paper outlines our proposals on the future funding of Specialist Support in these categories.

Further information

Visit the Specialist Support pages of our website for more information.