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01/02/2011

The government is proposing to cut legal aid very severely. Inclusion London’s submission to the government consultation explains how the plans will deny access to justice for disabled people and why we oppose them.

The consultation ends on 14 February – please use Inclusion London’s response to help you make your own submission.

The government plans to cut the Legal Aid budget by £250 million. In the last decade the budget for civil Legal Aid has already been cut by 24 per cent in real terms. The proposals include:

  •  No legal aid funding for education advice, such as appeals against exclusions and admissions and special educational needs appeals.
  • All legal aid funding for welfare benefits advice will be cut.
  • Legal aid funding will no longer be available for many employment cases.
  • Legal aid for housing and homelessness will be severely restricted.
  • People receiving benefits will no longer be automatically entitled to legal aid and people with ‘assets’ as low as £1,000 will be required to pay for the first time.

You can find the consultation documents and how to respond at: www.justice.gov.uk or respond by email to: legalaidreformmoj@justice.gsi.gov.uk

You can download a copy of Inclusion London’s response here.

Download Legal Aid consultation submission February 2011