Published: 22nd May 2012

A Community Law Centre in a former pub in Anerley, south east London One third of community law centres are at risk of closure at the very time that they are most needed. Matt Scott reveals the impact of marketisation on an essential public service A new report by Goldsmiths College, the University of London and funded by the Leverhulme Trust has revealed that community law centres are experiencing pressures as a result of public service modernisation. As a consequence of increased marketisation of the service there has been: underfunding of work with clients greater pressures on managers and trustees less scope for public legal education reduced community outreach an undermining of wider preventative and policy work, including taking on test cases. These pressures are now being exacerbated as a result of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (Laspo). At the very time … (To read the full article, subscribe below)