Legal Aid

  • Legal aid - reform or termination?

    Issue 220 (February 2011)
    article
    Sarah Clarke outlines the Government's proposals for reform of legal aid in England and Wales and the likely impact on advice provision.
  • Legal Aid – benefits advice reduces poverty amongst disabled children

    August 2011
    briefing

    This short briefing explains how removing legal aid for welfare benefits advice will increase already high levels of poverty amongst disabled children and adults.

  • Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill Second Reading CPAG briefing paper

    June 2011
    briefing

    The Ministry of Justice plans to "save" £22 million by removing welfare benefits matters from the scope of legal aid funding. CPAG opposes this move because advice and representation on welfare rights is a vital tool to help people living in poverty. Social security is a highly complex and fast changing area of law. Even if it is simplified by the Government’s welfare reform proposals, this is likely to take years to achieve. In the meantime, claimants will be deprived of vital advice at a time of major upheaval in the system - leading to increased poverty, debt, and homelessness.

  • Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales

    February 2011
    briefing

    In this response we argue strongly against the Government’s proposals to remove social security and other areas of social welfare law from the scope of legal aid. We believe that these reforms will have a negative impact on child poverty by reducing access to welfare rights and social welfare advice, and that this in its turn will have consequences elsewhere. We also believe that the costs of dealing with the consequences of cuts in legal aid are likely to outweigh any "savings" the Government believes it is making.

  • The Legal Aid Bill: call for action

    Issue 223 (August 2011)
    article

    Edward Graham examines the Legal Aid Bill and what action needs to be taken to alert MPs about its potential impact on advice agencies and their clients.