Thursday, July 17 - More debt and legal help available for Devon residents

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 June 2010

People in Devon with debt and other legal problems are set to benefit from additional advice services thanks to an additional £10 million provided by the Legal Services Commission - the government body responsible for Legal Aid.

People in Devon with debt and other legal problems are set to benefit from additional advice services thanks to an additional £10 million provided by the Legal Services Commission - the government body responsible for Legal Aid.

The commission is inviting bids from solicitors and other advice services to expand the services available in debt, welfare benefits and housing advice.

Geoff Mountjoy, regional director of the Legal Services Commission's south region, said: "More money for more help for more people is great news.

"We know from independent research that many people have multiple problems at the same time.

"We want to fund services that can address a range of legal problems so you can get all the help you need from the same place.

"We are particularly keen to make sure that people threatened with losing their homes get the advice they need.

"This is a real opportunity for any legal service providers wishing to expand their business, and will help us deliver the services that people need."

Tenders will be offered in areas across England and Wales where the Commission wants to build supply, or expand certain types of services.

More information is available on the Commission's website - www.legalservices.gov.uk/civil/tenders.asp

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