The College of Law in York has been awarded 250,000 from Doncaster Central’s New Deal for Communities Board (NDC) to extend its StreetLaw Plus project for an extra three years. Approximately 150 College of Law students have taken part in a pilot scheme during the past year, which aims to better inform local residents about their legal rights.
Issues tackled by the pilot scheme StreetLaw have included how the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 can be used to help clean up squalid properties, establishing a letter-writing service and promoting the creation of a Community Mediation Service to help resolve low-level disputes between residents.
Peter Beresford, chair of the NDC Residents Panel, said: “Every time we talk about projects, somewhere in the conversation the legal implications will crop up. It gives us an added confidence to move forward when we know that we have StreetLaw Plus to advise us.”
StreetLaw Plus’s supervising solicitor Stephen Levett welcomes the vote of confidence and hopes that the project will be rolled out to other parts of the country. He said: “In this way, we hope to improve our services to the community.”