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LAPG launches 2021 Legal Aid Census ‘to show true state of social justice sector’

The Legal Aid Practitioners Group is urging lawyers throughout England and Wales to 'stand up and be counted' by taking part in a survey which seeks to gather extensive data about the backgrounds and lived experiences of those working on the social justice frontline.

The LAPG survey has been devised in conjunction with legal academics from Newcastle University Law School, Cardiff University and University College London who will be analysing its findings.

The census is supported by other representative groups, including Shelter, Housing Law Practitioners Association, Legal Action Group and the Black Solicitors Network, and aimed at everyone working in legal aid, those aspiring to work in legal aid and those who have left practice, at all levels (with questions tailored, accordingly). Business owners and charity managers will have the chance to share data about overheads, the cost of complying with Legal Aid Agency bureaucracy, salaries, training, recruitment and system failures. All participants will be asked about the toll of the work on their wellbeing, particularly during the pandemic.

To take part in the survey, click here.