Impact of legal aid cuts on the Citizens Advice Bureau – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 17th, 2014 in law centres, legal aid, news, universities by tracey

‘The cuts in legal aid for professional advice wrought by Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) may be seen to have increased the opportunities – and workload – for volunteers and charities. Indeed, there are reports that the government intends to fill the gap regarding divorce by setting up law centres run by students. However, the cuts, often portrayed as affecting “fat cat” lawyers, can harm charitable and volunteer services as can be seen through the example of Citizens Advice Bureaux up and down the country.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exhchange, 15th July 2014

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Cash-strapped law centres turn clients away as legal aid cuts bite – The Guardian

Posted September 19th, 2013 in law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“Charitable sector faces dilemma of how to continue helping vulnerable people as funding for many cases dries up.”

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The Guardian, 18th September 2013

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Legal aid cuts: What has changed? – BBC News

“Significant changes to civil legal aid in England and Wales came into effect on 1 April 2013, as part of a plan to reform the system and save £350m a year.”

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BBC News, 18th June 2013

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Law centres: living on the age – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 28th, 2013 in law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“Last week’s London Legal Walk, coming weeks after swingeing legal aid cuts were introduced, could be read as a show of strength by the whole legal community. Some 7,500 lawyers and staff from firms, legal departments and chambers of all sizes walked to raise funds to support local advice agencies. At the time of writing, an impressive £575,000 was raised. But that in no way comes near the amount taken out of scope by ministers.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th May 2013

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Legal aid cuts: law centres must not be allowed to die – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2013 in law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“In the early 1970s I was practising in a solicitors’ firm in Gray’s Inn but I was also a Labour councillor in the London Borough of Camden. Interest was growing in the development of law centres. I had myself been one of the members of the Society of Labour Lawyers who had written a Fabian pamphlet – ‘Justice for All’ in 1968. It argued for a national network of such centres, one of which, in Notting Hill, had already been established with charitable funds. Another was proposed in Paddington with local authority support.”

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The Guardian, 15th April 2013

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Do your bit for legal fairness – The Lawyer

Posted April 9th, 2013 in costs, law centres, legal aid, news, pro bono work by sally

“As legal aid declines, there are a number of different ways lawyers can help to fill the gap.”

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The Lawyer, 8th April 2013

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Legal aid cuts ‘will create advice deserts’ – The Guardian

Posted April 2nd, 2013 in civil justice, law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“Extensive cuts to civil legal aid that come into force this week will result in vulnerable people struggling to find help as ‘advice deserts’ open up in parts of the country, a survey warns.”

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The Guardian, 1st April 2013

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Clinical Legal Education conference report – LegalVoice

Posted March 7th, 2013 in law centres, legal education, news, universities by sally

“It is well-accepted that clinical projects are an excellent forum for helping law students learn practical skills and formulate real-world solutions to legal problems rather than merely an abstract determination of liability. In the 1970s and 1980s, London South Bank University (LSBU) was at the forefront of clinic but upon the massification of higher education we lost our clinical projects because they were not financially sustainable. Revitalised by the employability agenda, clinic has returned to LSBU as an innovative South London drop-in service where students give face-to face legal advice in an open-door clinic.”

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LegalVoice, 7th March 2013

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

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Call centre justice – LegalVoice

Posted January 31st, 2013 in law centres, legal services, news, telecommunications by sally

“The Ministry of Justice is not that interested in research-based policy at the moment, writes Roger Smith. Better in the current environment to stick to prejudice; the elevation of austerity as the sole goal; and stagger through to tomorrow. Hence, no one, least of all Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling, is interested in what anyone has actually ever found out about telephone legal advice hotlines. We are two months away from LASPO Day when face to face advice begins to disappear from the High Street, at least for poor people, just as surely as Woolies and Comet. There is no time left for reflection, let alone reconsideration.”

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LegalVoice, 31st January 2013

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Butler-Sloss condemns advice cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 31st, 2013 in judges, law centres, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

“Removing funding for a service that helps litigants in person on the day wide-ranging legal aid cuts take effect will create ‘absolute disarray’ in the courts, a former head of the family division has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 30th January 2013

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Voluntary sector should be able to charge – LSB – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 6th, 2012 in charities, consultations, fees, law centres, legal services, news by sally

“Not-for-profit groups should be allowed to charge for provision of legal services, the Legal Services Board has said.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 6th December 2012

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Housing: between a rock and a hard place – LegalVoice

Posted November 13th, 2012 in benefits, families, homelessness, housing, law centres, local government, news by sally

“Desperation among local authority housing departments is running so high that homeless families are regularly told they can be given accommodation only if their children go into care, writes Elizabeth Davidson. This shocking response on the part of the authorities is clearly a fob-off given that this would not only breach their legal duties but would cost their social services departments a lot of money.”

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LegalVoice, 13th November 2012

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LSB publishes response to immigration advice and services consultation – Legal Services Board

Posted July 31st, 2012 in consultations, immigration, law centres, news by sally

“The Legal Services Board (LSB) has today published its response to its consultation about the regulation of immigration advice and services.”

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Legal Services Board, 31st July 2012

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No reprieve for Specialist Support Service – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 12th, 2012 in consultations, law centres, legal services, news by sally

“The Specialist Support Service (SSS) will be scrapped at the end of this month, the Legal Services Commission has announced following a consultation.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th June 2012

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Legal aid bill is law – the fight back starts now – The Guardian

Posted May 3rd, 2012 in law centres, legal aid, legislation, news, sentencing by sally

“Now the legal aid bill is law, how do we preserve access to justice?”

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2012

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Legal aid is (almost) dead – The Guardian

Posted May 1st, 2012 in alternative business structures, bills, law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“After a long fight and a knife-edge vote in the Lords last week, the Queen gave her assent today to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (Laspo). A significant number of people will no longer have access to professional help with legal problems.”

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The Guardian, 1st May 2012

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Repossession day in court: ten minutes with a lawyer, five before a judge – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2012 in courts, law centres, legal aid, news, repossession by sally

“Legally-aided advice desk at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch county court is a vital service for clients who may lose their homes.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2012

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Legal aid bill puts thousands at risk, says Citizens Advice – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2012 in benefits, bills, law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“Removal of specialist support leaves those wrongly assessed vulnerable to poverty and homelessness, campaigners warn.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2012

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Law centres have always struggled to survive – now they must adapt or die – The Guardian

Posted April 3rd, 2012 in alternative business structures, law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“Legal aid and local authority cuts mean law centres are in danger. Islington and Rochdale law centres are fighting back.”

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2012

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Law centres warn on legal aid cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 2nd, 2012 in law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“Law centres will close, leaving ‘many thousands’ of the poor and marginalised without access to justice if the government’s legal aid cuts are implemented, peers have warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd February 2012

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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