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.
Due to new project funding, a vacancy has arisen for an experienced housing caseworker to join the active and experienced team at Derbyshire Law Centre. We are looking for someone who can preferably start immediately and the post will be for a fixed-term period, 2 years from start date.
The post will consist of 2 different roles. Part of the role will be working in conjunction with funding local authorities to work on disrepair cases. The postholder will work to encourage local authority tenants to report repairs through the Law centre and make any relevant damages claims through the Law centre. There will be development work publicising the legal advice that we can offer to tenants and taking on disrepair claims against landlords including injunctions and claims for damages. The other part of the role will be working on a new project funded by The Lloyds Bank Foundation to support residents in the Bolsover district who are experiencing homelessness and housing difficulties.
With funding from Community Justice Fund that we have received during the pandemic, we have indeed made a huge difference to people’s lives in Derbyshire. Together, we have supported 483,000 clients a year and helped the Treasury to save £8000 per person assisted. This equates to a net benefit to the public purse of £4billion per year!
We are looking for a specialist employment caseworker to join the friendly and experienced team at Derbyshire Law Centre. The role would suit someone with experience, but if you are enthusiastic about employment law and have some experience of advice-giving in a legal context we would be pleased to consider your application and can provide training. We are looking for someone who can start immediately and the post will be for a fixed-term period of 12 months from commencement of contract.