Labour Lambasts Government Over Access To Justice ‘Crisis’ Following Legal Aid Cuts

The inevitable and intended effect of LASPO was a huge reduction in the number of social welfare law cases funded by legal aid, from 470,000 cases in 2009/10 to just 53,000 cases in 2013/14. This has resulted in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people being denied meaningful access to justice. This is despite evidence, referred to in the Commission’s report, that legal aid can save the state money by preventing social problems, such as debt and insecure employment or housing, from spiralling out of control.

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