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The number of Community Legal Service Partnerships (CLSPs) now in ...
The number of Community Legal Service Partnerships (CLSPs) now in

operation has grown to cover 50% of the English and Welsh population,

bringing increasing numbers of people within reach of improved legal

advice and assistance.

Speaking at the launch of the CLS Partnership launch in Coventry,

government minister David Lock said 'It is marvellous that within

three months of the launch of the Community Legal Service, 109

partnership agreements have been made, involving 184 local

authorities. We are on target for our goal of having 90% of people in

England and Wales living in a CLS Partnership area by April 2002.

'Community Legal Service Partnerships are designed to bring together

the funders and providers of legal advice and assistance, to help

identify local need and priorities so that those in greatest need

receive help. CLSPs also help to open up access to advice more

generally, supported by the CLS call centre, CLS directory and the

award winning 'Just Ask' website.'

The Community Legal Service (CLS) is the cornerstone of the

government's programme of legal reform aimed at increasing access to

justice for ordinary people. The CLS makes it easier for the public

to get grassroots legal help and advice and is a key weapon in

combating social exclusion.

The growth of CLSPs across the country has provided a platform where

novel ways of providing legal help to the public can be developed.

Among the innovations being considered are the provision of legal

advice through alternative mediums such as health centres and mobile

libraries, and the increased use of modern technology to provide

legal services such as video links computer terminals and kiosks.

The CLSPs are bringing together the different funders and providers

of legal and advice services to organise funding and service delivery

more effectively in order to meet local priority needs. The CLSPs

also encourage the development of referral arrangements amongst

providers, and ensure that local people are aware of, and have access

to, help when they need it.

On the day of the April launch, 70 CLSPs were announced which

involved 109 local authorities.


The Community Legal Service was launched on 3 April 2000. The CLS

has its own award-winning website (

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