Gaby Hardwicke Family Law Services Partners Giles Robinson, Debra Frazer and David Young (pictured) completed the ninth annual 10km Hastings Legal Walk on Monday 18 September, in aid of the Hastings Advice Hub.
The hub comprises three not-for-profit organisations that offer valuable free advice to vulnerable people who have been ineligible for legal aid since it was abolished in April 2013 for poverty-related problems. The hub members are Hastings Advice & Representation Centre (HARC), Citizens Advice 1066 and the Hastings branch of Brighton Housing Trust.
Bob Nightingale MBE, Chief Executive of the London Legal Support Trust (the walk’s organisers), said: “Since the first walk, life has become even harder for the most disadvantaged people. Austerity has caused hardship among the poorest people and created problems such as debt and homelessness. Often the advice agencies are the only place where those people can get help. Now changes to the benefits rules for people with disabilities is creating even more pressure on the advice agencies.
“2013 cuts to legal aid for many areas of welfare law mean that people who can’t afford to pay a solicitor can no longer turn to high street solicitors for help with matters such as benefits, employment or disrepair.
“It’s fantastic that local lawyers will turn out year after year to raise funds to help to ease that problem.”