We were concerned when Lambeth Law Centre closed suddenly and unexpectedly in July 2019. That event, and conversations with its former Chair and with the remaining three Lambeth providers, have made us worried about this sector's vulnerability. The advice sector has suffered unpredictable and reduced funding for years. The collapse of the Lambeth Law Centre illustrated the vulnerability of the sector. Once gone, these valuable expressions of professional skill, volunteerism and help for disadvantaged communities cannot easily be re-established. We are in discussion with various parties about ways of making the position more secure.
An Advice Services Alliance research project, commissioned by the GLA, recently published this report, Advising Londoners in July 2020.