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Cross Street Law Centre to cut services when legal aid rules change
AN ERITH law centre is having to cut services when changes to legal aid come in this April.
From April 1, Cross Street Law Centre will no longer offer drop in advice to people who have benefits, debt, housing or employment issues.
The not-for-profit agency in Cross Street, which currently receives more than half its income from legal aid, has been hit by a government decision to withdraw funding for these areas.
Housing advice will only be available to assist homeless people or those with rent arrears or health problems while there will be no debt advice and a drastic reduction in employment and benefit cases.
Chief executive Kathy Smith said: "We are not in plush premises and spend money only on essentials.
"We cannot trim any more from our budget and some staff are looking at reducing their working hours to help us through."