Response: Transforming Legal Aid

By: Simon Pugh and Ellie Robinson  Published: June 2013


Shelter is extremely concerned about the effect of further cuts to legal aid on the most vulnerable people that we see. These proposals will take away a major part of the safety net that stands between families and the street and we urge the government not to proceed with them.

Summary

We consider this consultation to be flawed for lack of evidence and call on the MoJ to extend the consultation period and publish additional evidence allowing for a proper evaluation of the proposals.

Through the twin approach of removing further people from scope and eroding the already fragile viability of providers, they are likely to leave more and more people unrepresented and have unforeseen knock-on consequences both for the individuals affected and for government and society through increased poverty and homelessness and increased expenditure elsewhere in the system.

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