This year we have helped over 5800 people in Derbyshire with their legal enquiries.
Over the past year Derbyshire residents, like those across the UK, have faced rising costs for life’s essentials. the social and economic impacts of the Cost of Living crisis have sent waves through our local communities and we are seeing an ever increasing demand for legal support in all areas.
Derbyshire Law Centre is working with a collection of Derbyshire based charities to campaign to keep Rail Ticket Offices open. The charity group has written an open letter to Jacqueline Starr, CEO of the Rail Delivery Group outlining the concerns that the closures would have on elderly and disabled users.
The letter calls on the Rail Delivery Group, as well as East Midlands and Northern Rail, to reconsider the plans to close ticket offices and explain what steps they will take to make sure that vulnerable users don’t experience more disadvantage in rail travel. Additionally, it outlines how important physical ticket offices are to people who regularly face disadvantage because of their disability, age and increasing exclusion from the digital world.
An interview with a housing solicitor Matthew Brown
Derbyshire Law Centre (DLC) has welcomed Matthew Brown as a new housing solicitor. Matt originally joined the Law Centre over 5 years ago, starting with a 12-week placement as a volunteer while at university. We interviewed Matt to ask him about what drew him to the Law Centres movement and how he has found his way to becoming a newly qualified solicitor.
On Monday 6th December everyone is invited to attend our launch to celebrate our new exciting service: Housing Repair Support service.
Thanks to generous funding from Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, and North East Derbyshire District Council, their residents will be able to get free advice to address disrepairs in their rented homes.
We just wanted to share about an amazing result this morning. As soon our reception was open at 9:30am today was a Council tenant contacted to say that they were being evicted at 11:30am this morning. Matt Brown, a Solicitor, took some instructions from the tenant over the phone before Luke Ridge, a Housing caseworker, dashed off to their house in Derbyshire to check the paperwork. Luke spotted an error and rushed back to Court whilst Matt rang ahead to alert them that we needed to make an application at the last minute.
Derbyshire Law Centre’s Housing Legal Team have passed their Independent Housing Review of their cases.
The reviewer, commissioned by the Legal Aid Agency said, “Most of the Law Centre’s files demonstrated good, clear, effective, tailored advice and casework. Where appropriate, advisors were prepared to attend local authority possession/tenancy review hearings and attend court under the representation at court scheme”.
Teresa Waldron, who is deafblind, works part-time as one of the senior managers at Derbyshire Law Centre and is also Managing Director of Deaf-initely Women. Here on BBC Women’s Hour she applauded Rose Ayling-Ellis, a Deaf Actor and contestant in Strictly Come Dancing for being a role model for deaf people, breaking down barriers.. Teresa resonated with Rose, like her as she is also proud to be deaf. Teresa said “I have worked at the Law Centre for 27 years now and I remember being diagn0osed in 2003 for having Ushers Syndrome which meant I had to give up driving. My colleagues were and continues to be supportive of me as my sight has deteriorated.”
We are very proud to share the news of the work we have done in the last 12 months. Click here to read more about the challenges that we all had to overcome to keep our services open throughout the pandemic.