On 10th October, I was invited by the Ealing Law Centre to their official opening.
Ealing Law Centre provides free legal advice and representation to people living in Ealing and is run by volunteer trustees. It is also part of the Law Centres Network, an organisation that helps defend the legal rights of people who are not able to afford a lawyer.
Ealing Law Centre has been in operation for the last year but only until recently held an official opening ceremony to highlight their hard work and welcome the local community to their centre. Ealing Law Centre has helped 284 new clients in their first year of operation, especially assisting clients with housing and immigration matters.
The opening of the centre showcased the work Ealing Law Centre has carried out in the last year, and addressed the problems people living in the local community are experiencing, due to the cuts made to legal aid.
Cuts to legal aid mean that many people are facing extreme difficulty in getting legal representation or advice as they simply cannot afford to pay the high rate solicitors’ fees. I think the work carried out by Ealing Law Centre deserves to be recognised as they have helped reduce the pressure that many people in unfortunate situations experience when they cannot afford a lawyer.
The event was a success and attended by Shadow Justice Minister - Andy Slaughter MP, Claude Moraes MEP, Cllr Julian Bell - Leader of Ealing Council, Dr Rupa Huq - Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Ealing Central & Action and other local councillors.
I wish Ealing Law Centre all the best in their future endeavours and will continue to show my support!