Legal Aid Agency
Housing schemes - emergency advice
The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) funds HPCDS throughout England and Wales to provide on-the-day emergency advice and advocacy to anyone facing possession proceedings.
The schemes allow anyone in danger of eviction or having property repossessed to get free legal advice and representation on the day of their hearing, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Provider guidance from 20th September 2020
Revised HPCDS provider guidance came into effect on 20th September 2020 along with a revised client monitoring form and Contract Report Form (v1.6). These can be found above. Changes have been introduced to reflect the new arrangements for possession proceedings as of the 20th September 2020.
Please note the privacy notice for HPCDS (also available above) has not been amended and should continue to be used in accordance with clause 16.13(c) of the standard terms.
Providers are no longer required to undertake proxy means assessments for HPCDS clients and these forms have therefore been removed from this page.