Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming Events:

Thursday 12th May 2016 5.30pm – 8pm Devonshire Place 78 London Road Leicester LE2 0RA

Access To Justice – a lifeline in the post legal aid world

Lord Bach will be speaking about the impact of the legal aid changes following the LASPO Act, followed by Sandra Garlick from ABA on challenges and opportunities for law firms, then Kathryn Burgess from CALS on services offered by CALS and CPS, followed by a panel discussion.  Please confirm your attendance with the link below.


Booking Link:

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 removed from the scope of public funding entire areas of law such as welfare benefits and employment, as well as most matter types in immigration, housing and debt. For private-law family matters, public funding is available only where a client has specific evidence in relation to domestic violence or child protection. 

How have the recession and welfare reform affected the people who use your service? 

Where can you find help now for clients with social welfare law problems – such as debt, welfare benefits, housing? 

How do we – law firms, advice agencies, statutory services – meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities presented within the current environment?  

Access to Justice – a lifeline in the post-legal aid world

We invite you to attend this seminar hosted by the Community Advice and Law Service and Advantage Business Agency on:

Thursday 12 May, 6pm. to 8pm. at Devonshire Place, 78 London Road, Leicester LE2 0RA.

Drinks and light refreshments are available from 5.30pm. There is on-site parking.

Why you should attend

Welfare reform and the economic downturn have created increased demand for advice and assistance on matters of social welfare law. People without the means to pay for legal advice risk being denied access to justice and many are seeking help from other sources – such as voluntary and statutory organisations – placing additional pressure on services which are also facing funding cuts.

Listen to speakers from the Community Advice and Law Service and the Advantage Business Agency. Take part in our open discussion. Help improve access to justice for people in Leicester.

Drinks and light refreshments are available from 5.30pm. There is on-site parking.

Limited places are available for this event. Please book using this link:

For more information or to book your place directly call Clare on 024 7699 8974.


Friday 13th May 2016 12.00- 2.30pm St Martin’s House Leicester

Auriga Welfare Benefits Advice Project Launch



WHAT: A project to deliver a specialist welfare benefit advice service for clients of the Community Advice and Law Service (CALS) , Leicester, when they are in need of more in depth help. Previously CALS had to refer requests for specialist advice out to other agencies, many of which are under resourced and underfunded.

WHY: Leicester is ranked as the 22nd most deprived local authority in England with 50% of the population living in the most deprived areas of the city. In the last 2 years CALS has received over 600 requests for specialist advice on welfare benefits and 200 of these cases required help with appeals. The number of enquiries is predicted to increase as Universal Credit is rolled out in Leicester during the year.

WHO: A specialist welfare benefits advisor for two years to work at CALS, funded by Severn Trent Trust Fund (STTF)

MP for Leicester West- Liz Kendall and MP for Leicester East – Keith Vaz will be in attendance

WHEN: Friday 13th May

TIME: 1.00 pm

LOCATION: St Martin’s House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester, LE1 5PX

Contact CALS to confirm attendance

Phone 0116 2421120 or email

Notes: The Severn Trent Trust Fund is a charitable trust established by Severn Trent Water that has donated £6million for the period 2012 to 2014 to help customers who are experiencing severe hardship.   The Charitable Trust Fund also provides grants to help individuals, in many cases helping with essential household items or bills.

CALS is a not-for-profit organisation, registered charity and company limited by guarantee that has been working in Leicester City and Leicestershire for over 30 years. Services are free and CALS works closely with other providers to reach individuals and communities who are most in need.


Housing Advice

Are you having problems paying your rent or mortgage?

Welfare Benefits

Have you recently been refused a benefit?

Form filling and Note Taking

Help with completing benefit forms and medical assessments for benefit reviews.

Debt Advice

Are you struggling with money worries?

Moneywise Plus

Money management support and advice for Leicester City tenants.