LAPG's Manifesto for Legal Aid 2017
Government reforms to legal aid in April 2013 were a disaster for those who need to access the justice system to protect or enforce their rights. Access to advice on family law, housing and homelessness, welfare benefits, employment, debt, judicial review, education, immigration…all decimated by the reforms. Hundreds of thousands of people have been unable to get advice each year as a direct result of the reforms. Large areas of the country are now ‘advice deserts’ with very few or maybe even no lawyers able to provide specialist advice.