Westminster Labour Councillors have called on Westminster City Council to save Paddington Law Centre from closure by making a £50,000 grant out of the £850,000 in the Paddington Community and Social Fund. The Paddington Social and Community Social Fund was established through contributions from the developers of the Paddington Goods Yard in order to improve facilities for local residents in the area. The £850,000 in the Fund, which is administered by Westminster City Council, has been unspent for over a year despite huge cuts in local community services.
Paddington Law Centre has been operating in premises in Harrow Road in Queen's Park Ward for over 35 years and gives advice on housing, social services, consumer and debt issues to thousands of residents in need of help. There are queues outside the Law Centre premises on a regular basis.
Unless Westminster City Council acts quickly Paddington Law Centre will close and leave a huge gap in the advice services available to local residents. There is nealy £1 million in the Paddington Community and Social Fund and just a small contribution from this fund could save the Law Centre from closure.
Leader of Westminster Labour Group Paul Dimoldenberg wrote to the Council's Chief Executive about this last week and is still awaiting an acknowledgement to his request.