Economic value of social welfare advice makes compelling investment case – new Low Commission research.
The Low Commission which earlier this year published its report on a future strategy for social welfare advice, in light of legal aid cuts, has now published a major follow up work on the economic value of social welfare advice. A research review undertaken by Graham Cookson, an economist at the University of Surrey, presents compelling evidence from different sources that social welfare advice saves public services money.
Commenting on the findings Lord Colin Low said:
“This research, carried out independently, demonstrates with hard economics the true value of social welfare advice. It can no longer be argued that funding social welfare advice is too much of a burden on the state. Early and necessary interventions from advice and legal support prevent problems and expense further down the line.
“The research also righty calls for more robust and evidence based research on the impact and value of social welfare advice – all too often policy-makers apply ideological assumptions rather than evidence based ones. The funding landscape needs to be based on what works, and what works for the long term.
“So our strategy addresses the long term and calls for a 10 year framework for advice and legal support, levering in available funding from across central and local government.”