Briefing: Legal Aid Bill - Commons Committee

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Legal aid forms a crucial part of our justice system, funding legal advice and representation to help people understand and protect their rights and to get a fair hearing. It helps them to access the court process to sort out disputes and to solve problems that may otherwise lead to poverty and social exclusion. The Bill drastically reduces the scope of legal aid,


The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will impose devastating cuts on legal aid funding for specialist advice to help people solve their housing problems. Cuts to legal aid for housing issues will take 52,000 cases per year – about 40% of all housing work - out of scope, making an annual saving of £10m in the short term but increasing costs to the taxpayer down the line and denying access to justice for the most vulnerable in our society.


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