NEARLY 200 Huddersfield homeowners have been saved from eviction in just six months thanks to an emergency legal service.
Figures released last week showed between April and September a total of 194 people in Huddersfield avoided immediate repossession or eviction thanks to legal aid.
The Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes, one of which is based in Huddersfield County Court, provide free, immediate legal advice and representation to individuals appearing in court who are at risk of losing their home.
The schemes can help with mortgage interest payments and includes a mortgage rescue service which allows households to sell a share of their home, or their entire home, but remain in their property.
While mortgage possession orders made in Huddersfield for the third quarter of 2009 have decreased by 32%, compared to last year, Legal Aid Minister Lord Bach said the emergency service was crucial.
He said: “Many people are struggling to stay on top of their bills at the moment and I want to make sure anyone facing eviction or repossession of their home has access to the legal advice and representation they need.
“The advisors behind this programme do an excellent job in what is often the eleventh hour of a crisis situation.”