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Regional and local support for LiPs underway in England and Wales

The Ministry of Justice has announced that the Legal Support for Litigants in Person (LSLIP) grant is fully underway, funding 11 projects across more than 50 organisations at local, regional and national levels to help people to identify issues as early as possible, to prevent them from getting worse, and to support people where they do need to attend court.

Eight new regional and local partnerships are working together to share knowledge, network, and build expertise. This has also allowed funded organisations greater flexibility in their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This approach helps to build up data on people representing themselves in the courts and inform future policy.

The MOJ has funded five local partnerships in Dorset and South Somerset; Derbyshire, Coventry and Birmingham; Lancashire and Greater Manchester; North Yorkshire and Kirklees; and Suffolk, Norfolk and North Essex, alongside three regional partnerships in Devon and Cornwall; the North-East of England; and North and Mid-Wales. Just under £2 million of funding has been awarded to these eight partnerships over two years.

The North and Mid-Wales partnership, which is led by Ynys Môn Citizens Advice, is made up of eight local Citizens Advice branches plus Bangor University Law School. This partnership is delivering two projects. The first is increasing the capacity of caseworkers and expanding the support they can provide across the region for family, employment and community care issues. The second is striking a broader working relationship with the Law School.

For the Ministry of Justice's press release, click here.