The APPG on Legal Aid collaborated with organisations from across the advice sector to engage with MPs and their caseworkers at an event in Portcullis House on 1 November 2018. The event was organised to introduce MPs and their caseworkers to organisations that provide training, resources and referral sources to help MPs and caseworkers provide more effective casework services to their constituents. Attendance was excellent, with cross-party support and over 50 caseworkers signing up to a training programme that will cover a range of key legal areas and skills sets.
The APPG on Legal Aid is now working with partners such as LawWorks, Housing Law Practitioners Association and Law for Life to develop a training programme tailored to the needs of MP caseworkers. The programme will be delivered in Westminster and outside of London and will cover the legal aid scheme, how to identify legal problems, housing law and welfare benefits. If you would like to know more about the programme contact us.
Many thanks to LASA, Islington Law Centre, Law Centres Network, The Access to Justice Foundation, Bar Pro Bono Unit and Immigration Law Practitioners Association for also attending the event. Thanks also to Hogan Lovells, The Legal Education Foundation and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pro Bono and Public Legal Education for their support.