HARC not taking new clients

ONE of the town’s biggest advice agencies is having to refuse new clients as it struggles to clear a backlog of cases.

The Hastings Advice and Representation Centre (HARC) deals with thousands of residents every year but has been deluged in recent months with people needing help and advice as the tough economic climate continues to bite.

Now HARC will send all new referrals to Amber Rudd MP, except renewals and appeal cases which it will still take on.

HARC is one of the agencies set to have its funding slashed under Government plans to cut the legal aid budget,