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The government has announced that it is to restrict the availability of legal aid for certain kinds of case.

This not only represents the latest attack on the poor by a Government of millionaires but also prejudices the Article 6 rights of those of limited means to achieve a fair hearing.

Campaign now to oppose the cuts in Legal Aid

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      • James StewartJames Stewart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The most concerning part of the cuts is removing welfare benefits from scope. This leaves the path clear for the unreasonably harsh restrictions on sickness and disability benefits which have been suggested by the government. Similarly, the removal of employment will pave the way for regressive changes in employment law.

      • M HullM Hull commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It should not just be the preserve of the better off or rich who have access to fair representation in the law.

        As Marion said: please remember to vote when you leave a comment. Click on the box below the total number of votes on left hand side. The more votes the more chance that 38 degrees will take on the campaign. thanks

      • David GilmoreDavid Gilmore commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In the absence of a cost/benefit analysis to government and society, the planned reforms cannot be supported by any objective individual or organisation.

      • MarionMarion commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        please remember to vote when you leave a comment. Click on the box below the total number of votes on left hand side. The more votes the more chance that 38 degrees will take on the campaign. thanks

      • ray avardsray avards commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Vital Legal Aid casework is carried out up and down the country for disadvantaged people and access to specialist help to put a fair and just case and argument is a fundamantal civil right. Please amend this bill to maintain access to justice.

      • Jibin PhilipJibin Philip commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is important that the poor disadvantaged people in the society gets access to justice just like any other person. Cutting legal aid will place these people in a situation where the government is indirectly saying get justice only if you can afford it (paying someone privately). This is in fact questioning the fairness of the legal system leading to more inequalities in the society. How injustice is that!

      • Jibin PhilipJibin Philip commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is important that the poor disadvantaged people in the society gets access to justice just like any other person. Cutting legal aid will place these people in a situation where the government is indirectly saying get justice only if you can afford it (paying someone privately). This is in fact questioning the fairness of the legal system leading to more inequalities in the society. How injustice is that!

      • Irene BurkettIrene Burkett commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I work in a Law Centre which helps people who can not pay for legal help at all. If legal aid is cut it will severely affect their chances of receiving help. Cuts will affect all those more disadvantaged in society who are not able to get help any other way.

      • Kat KingKat King commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The proposed cuts will mean that justice will only be available to those who can afford to pay.

      • DavidDavid commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please take up the fight to protect the right of ordinary people to have access to justice. Many of us will find that we need help during this dificult time

      • Sue BentSue Bent commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sue
        Rights have no meaning without access to justice. These proposals mean that thiose who are poor will not have that access

      • Elayne HillElayne Hill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is vital that those people who are the most disadvantaged in society have access to justice. Please take up the campaign to ensure that people who require advice, assistance and representation for the most basic rights, employment, housing, debt, etc are able to access good quality advice.

      • JuliaJulia commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, please take up the campaign for equalities and for the sake of justice.

      • Gary CornforthGary Cornforth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Access to justice is already effectively denied to many people. The latest restrictions on legal aid will make the situation far worse. Do we really want a society in which only those with extremely large incomes can get legal advice and assistance?

      • Jane BramleyJane Bramley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is vital that poor people, who are already being denied benefits they should be entitled to get help and representation in their cases They are having their ESA/DLA etc. stopped and being forced to appeal, then on a long waiting list for an appeal. There will be no help if the cuts in legal aid go through. This also applies to debts, which these days people are forced into due to low incomes and at the mercy of collectors and bailiffs. Legal help is absolutely essential.

      • Mary ArnoldMary Arnold commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Legal aid for those who can't afford to pay is a basic human right. Cutting legal aid for housing advice deprives people of helping themselves and will put many more people at the mercy of unscrupulous landlords, ultimately increasing numbers of homeless. I oppose such cuts to legal aid.

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