In Liverpool, there are high levels of deprivation and consequently, a high demand for free legal advice in social welfare law. Austerity driven policies, Covid-19 and the unprecedented cost of living crisis have increased this demand across the UK but has disproportionately affected Liverpool.
LATAN was formed in 2020 as part of a ground-breaking project funded by Liverpool City Council (LCC), The University of Liverpool and Citizens Advice Liverpool. By working in partnership and developing a thriving community of practice, LATAN is now a strong evidence-led network that is creating new ways of working together in the Liverpool advice sector.
Watch us on the Citizens Advice Liverpool podcast, where we were invited as guests to chat about LATAN's work.
At the same time, funding for advice services has reduced significantly; demand for advice far outstrips capacity, which in turn exacerbates poverty and other social determinants of health.
LATAN believes that a cohesive, collaborative and accessible network of gateway and free legal advice providers will help to deliver earlier and more effective access to advice, which will help to achieve better outcomes for clients, and will help to build capacity of organisations in the long term.
Liverpool’s Access to Advice Network (LATAN) was formed as a collaborative response to this environment of rising demand and limited capacity to try to maximise the effectiveness of the scarce resources of free advice organisations in Liverpool, whilst simultaneously working together to increase our capacity.