Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales

February 2011

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.