Just 10% of people with legal problems turn to a solicitor, major research finds – Legal Futures

‘Only 10% of people with legal problems use a solicitor, and often only after approaching other sources of advice first, major government research has revealed.’

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Legal Futures, 6th March 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Remember when legal aid was slashed? The awful effects are taking hold – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2017 in citizens advice bureaux, law centres, legal aid, news by sally

‘A new volunteer-run law centre in Manchester is the exception. More commonly, advice services across the country are either closed or struggling’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Polling shows public lack confidence in justice system – The Bar Council

‘Polling results in the Citizens Advice report, Responsive justice: How citizens experience the justice system, show that voters lack confidence in our legal system and have concerns over access to justice.’

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The Bar Council, 24th November 2015

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Public plead for free legal advice before deciding whether to go to court – Legal Futures

‘Any person thinking about taking their case to court should be able to see a lawyer without cost at least once, according to an opinion poll conducted as part of work on the public perception of justice.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2015

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Private renters’ rights are stuck in the dark ages, Citizens Advice warns – The Guardian

‘Currently landlords obligated to repair fundamental fault in property – but can evict tenants if they pursue rights to repair.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Citizens Advice Bureau 75 year anniversary: Geese too loud? Lost false teeth? We can help! Celebrating seven decades of the CAB – The Independent

‘In September 1939, the CAB was established with the creation of 200 emergency centres across the country. Today it deals with issues from the fallout of the bedroom tax, benefits cuts and fraud, but in wartime it helped to replace lost ration books and put wives and parents in touch with lost sons and husbands in prisoner-of-war camps.’

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The Independent, 7th September 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Posted July 17th, 2014 in citizens advice bureaux, 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

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Commission to examine effect of legal aid cuts as demand for service surges – The Guardian

Posted December 3rd, 2012 in citizens advice bureaux, civil justice, legal aid, legal services, news by sally

“An independent commission is being launched on Monday to examine how to cope with deep cuts to legal aid at a time of complex benefits reforms. The Low Commission, named after its chairman, Lord Low, will hold its first public meeting this week as law centres and Citizens Advice centres across the UK begin turning away those seeking advice.”

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The legal aid bill must be cut. Here’s how – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2011 in bills, budgets, citizens advice bureaux, family courts, legal aid, news by sally

“Legal aid became bloated and inefficient. What’s needed is a better network of law centres and Citizens Advice Bureaux.”

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The Guardian, 13th December 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

If lawyers’ independence starts being undermined, we are in a danger zone – The Guardian

Posted March 15th, 2011 in citizens advice bureaux, legal profession, Legal Services Board, news by sally

“Changes concerning the Legal Services Board and Citizens Advice, including the closure of the LSB’s website, have brought the independence issue to the fore again.”

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The Guardian, 15th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

X v Mid Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau and another (Equality and Human Rights Commission and others intervening) – WLR Daily

X v Mid Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau and another (Equality and Human Rights Commission and others intervening) [2011] EWCA Civ 28; [2011] WLR (D) 15

“A disabled volunteer worker at an advice bureau was not protected from acts of discrimination on grounds of disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, nor could she rely on the direct effect of Council Directive 2000/78/EEC (‘the Framework Directive’) to sustain an action for discrimination. Although voluntary posts like that held by the claimant might assist the holder to gain a permanent paid post, that was not the purpose of having volunteer workers, most of whom had no wish to join the permanent staff. The volunteer post was not to be treated as a form of vocational training subject to article 3(1)(c) of the Framework Directive.”

WLR Daily, 26th January 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Couple defrauded Citizens Advice Bureau of £650,000 to fund a life of luxury, jury told – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2009 in citizens advice bureaux, fraud, news by sally

“A couple funded a luxury lifestyle of champagne and top-class hotels by siphoning off up to £650,000 from a Citizens Advice Bureau office, a jury was told yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Woman gets suicide advice payout – BBC News

Posted May 25th, 2007 in citizens advice bureaux, confidentiality, news, unfair dismissal by sally

“A Citizens Advice Bureau advisor who was sacked after she phoned a suicidal woman’s GP was awarded £18,000 damages.” 

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BBC News, 24th May 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk