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Community Legal Advice Network – New Service for East Yorkshire

THE EAST YORKSHIRE Citizens Advice Bureau has won the contract to run the UK’s first Community Legal Advice Network (CLA Network), funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Legal Services Commission. Community Legal Advice is a free confidential advice service paid for by legal aid.

The CLA Network is expected to open on the 1st March 2010 and will provide basic legal advice and representation at court, helping people with the full range of social welfare legal problems such as divorce, debt, redundancy and/or benefits.

Residents will have access to a comprehensive service across the East Riding from a wide variety of locations, including via videophone (through the Council’s CitizenLink portals) and by telephone, as well as face-to-face advice at three permanent town-centre locations (Beverley, Bridlington and Goole) and at outreach venues.  Residents will also be able to make appointments through the council’s suite of Customer Service Centres.

Lesley Thornley, Chief Executive of the East Yorkshire Citizens Advice Bureau, said:

We are extremely pleased that our bid to provide the CLA Network was successful.  The Citizens Advice Bureau’s experience, strong volunteering base and knowledge of the local community, together with the legal expertise of Switalskis, our partners, will enable us to provide a more extensive service and a much wider range of advice and support to the people of the East Riding.”

The Community Legal Advice service also has a website at www.communitylegaladvice.org.uk where people can download the free information they need to help them with many common legal problems.  They can also search themselves for an advice provider near them.

Other useful websites:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Legal Services Commission

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