In advance of the London Mayoral elections, scheduled to take place in May 2012, the London Advice Forum is asking Mayor of London candidates to support the implementation of a pan-London advice strategy via City Hall. We feel this is important because there are major challenges for London in terms of welfare reform, housing provision, unemployment and poverty, that requires a coordinated response to ensure vulnerable Londoners are able to obtain appropriate and accessible information and advice to resolve their problems
Attached is a briefing document that sets out why we think advice and information services are important, what we want the strategy to do, as well as examining some of the pressures on advice services in terms of falling funding and increased demand.
Please feel free to post any comments or feedback, and if you’re a London agency, please let us know if you could support this call as well as sharing with any key contacts that you have.
Good stuff Paul, surprised that no-one so far has got Boris to say anything about the destruction of the London Advice Sector through the legal aid cuts.
Although Boris has spoken out about the domestic violence provisions of the legal aid bill and has commented on changes to welfare benefits law (particularly the housing benefit cap), it is very surprising indeed that nothing seems to have been said on the demolition of the advice sector through legal aid cuts in his own back yard.