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February 2019
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New NLAS(CLC) indicator strengthens planning tool

Legal assistance services help people in the community to resolve their legal problems. The objective of the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services (NPA) is a national legal assistance sector that is focused on improving access to justice for disadvantaged people and maximising service delivery within available resources. To achieve this objective, quality information is required to identify the geographic areas where the people who are most likely to need public legal assistance services are located. 

In 2015, the Foundation pioneered the Need for Legal Assistance Services (NLAS) indicators in support of the NPA. We provide access to national data online via our Collaborative Planning Resource and via Tableau Public

We have now expanded the NLAS indicators by adding a new indicator NLAS(CLC) which improves robustness for allocating financial resources.
An indicator of legal need for community legal centres: introducing NLAS (CLC) describes how we developed a bespoke measure of legal need for community legal centres to assist funding allocation.

Going beyond a census-based population count of the people who might need public legal assistance services, the NLAS(CLC) indicator incorporates a proxy measure of legal capability to take account of factors such as educational attainment and income, which may impact on a person's legal problem-solving ability. Adjustments were made to address undercounting in more disadvantaged areas where a higher proportion of people didn't provide responses to census questions. 
Where can I see the data?
Find out about our Collaborative Planning Resource
Access NLAS and priority group data via Tableau Public 
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