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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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      • Nicky HowardNicky Howard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A fundamental right is being seriously eroded and is likely to have severe ramifications in the years to come.

      • Julie BurtonJulie Burton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Legal aid is a fundamental element of the welfare state. The current proposals drastically curtail access to justice for those most likely to need it. Those who can afford it will continue to access appropriate legal advice; those who can't will be left to cope alone. Any one who cares about equality of arms for all should oppose these proposals.

      • Steve MancheeSteve Manchee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think the proposed changes to Legal aid will be a disaster for the poor and mentally ill and are likely to create a 2 tier system of justice

      • Jamie BJamie B commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Cutting legal aid for debt and welfare advice in the current climate is probably the most insane policy I have ever seen.

      • Stephanie MarshallStephanie Marshall commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There has been quite a lot of powerful lobbying done in relation to the radical changes proposed for welfare benefit and housing legal aid but we cannot be complacent about the devastating impact on family legal aid...

      • Hazel MoulsHazel Mouls commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The proposals threaten the ability of private firms to continue to do legal aid work. Cutting the hourly rate paid to solicitors by 10% will drive many private practice solicitors out of legal aid work as this is a cut in an hourly rate that hasn't gone up for about 15 years and the margins for profitability are so tight already. Vulnerable people will not be able to find a solicitor to take their cases

      • Abbas HasanAbbas Hasan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Legal aid is critical to setting the UK apart as a global leader in equal access to justice.

      • Shamik DuttaShamik Dutta commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The proposed cuts to Legal Aid are antithetical to the stated aims of the government to defend civil liberties. Legal Aid is essential to ensure equal access to justice. The cuts will also cost much more money in the long term than the amounts saved in the short term, particularly increases to the ministry of justice budget concerning the court system which will be unable to function if litigants are forced to represent themselves without the assistance of experienced legal advisers.

      • JennyJenny commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The increased costs to the public purse resutling from these proposals will far outstip any savings. Increased homelessness, destitution, crime, children in care, drug and alcohol dependency, family breakdown, mental and physical illhealth. Resolving the legal problems of the most marginalised people in society saves public money and these cuts will cost a lot in human and financial terms.

      • TashaTasha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Legal aid protects the most vulnerable in society. It is essential for access to justice and the rule of law.

      • JennyJenny commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The increased costs to the public purse resutling from these proposals will far outstip any savings. Increased homelessness, destitution, crime, children in care, drug and alcohol dependency, family breakdown, mental and physical illhealth. Resolving the legal problems of the most marginalised people in society saves public money and these cuts will cost a lot in human and financial terms.

      • Rosemary FinnRosemary Finn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The government proposals are ill conceived. I am a practising family solicitor and the proposals will affect the most vulnerable in society. The impact upon children whose parents have no access to sensible legal advice has not been considered by the government.

      • GG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Cutting Family law in cases without DV is going to mean that children are the worst hit of all, as those who want to see both parents are going to be in a position where they are not allowed if one parent disagrees. Think of the kiddies, not the pennies.

      • Stuart Stuart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Legal aid is vital in many cases where it is proposed to withdraw help. Children and families will suffer if these changes go through unchallenged and the courts are likely to become cluttered with unresolved cases in the absence of experienced legal aid lawyers able to give a clear direction to their clients at an early stage. It is false economy and the consequences could be disastrous in many cases.

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