East Anglia is currently without a single legal aid law centre after Cambridge Law Centre and Huntingdon Law Centre, the only two centres in East Anglia, closed down after their parent charity ceased trading.
Advice for Life, the charity that ran both law centres, stopped trading on 31 July 2009, according to a statement on its website. Accountants have been hired to liquidate the company, the statement said.
The Law Centres Federation (LCF) said that it is 'very concerned about the impact that the loss of these centres will have on local people, particularly at a time of economic recession'. The LCF said that it and Luton Law Centre, a neighbouring law centre, are in discussions with the liquidator 'to ensure that vulnerable local people continue to get the legal help they need'.
The LCF is an independent charity representing law centres in England and Wales. Cambridge and Huntingdon Law Centres joined the LCF in November 2006.