Birmingham Community Law Centre opened in October 2013 and in its first two years has helped over 1800 people. They provide legal advice on benefits, debt, community care, immigration and public law from their offices in Sparkbrook. They are part of Central England Law Centre which has offices in both Coventry and Birmingham.
The new service was set up in the Bangladesh Centre on Walford Road in Sparkbrook. As their first backers, the Bangladesh Centre very kindly allowed them to establish the new law centre in their building on a rent free basis. This support was invaluable to them as they looked to keep costs as low as possible in the early months.
Like all law centres, BCLC defends the legal rights of people who cannot afford a lawyer. They are a not-for-profit, solicitor- led legal advice agency able to provide an holistic service to the most vulnerable and deprived members of society. They deal with the law that affects everyday life: welfare benefits, debt, housing, community care, immigration and asylum, as well as employment and discrimination and public law.
Birmingham Community Law Centre’s approach is to combine practical legal solutions at an early stage alongside complex and strategic legal challenges that can positively affect many other clients following behind.