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

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Legal advice for migrants and refugees is already patchy – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2011 in immigration, law centres, legal aid, legal services, news, refugees by sally

“Local authority cuts have hit some areas of London hard, and further cuts would have disastrous consequences.”

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The Guardian, 6th December 2011

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Lady Hale warns of consequences of legal aid cuts – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2011 in bills, civil justice, judges, law centres, legal aid, news, speeches by sally

“The supreme court judge’s speech to the Law Centres Federation’s conference on the effects of the government’s proposed legal aid bill.”

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The Guardian, 28th November 2011

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Why nearly a third of us could soon be living in a legal advice desert – The Guardian

Posted October 25th, 2011 in law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“Public funds left for social welfare law won’t be enough for not-for-profits to hire one full-time caseworker in 30% of areas.”

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The Guardian, 25th October 2011

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Law centres are more necessary than ever in ‘austerity Britain’ – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2011 in law centres, legal aid, legal history, news by sally

“The 40-year-old movement to provide legal services to the vulnerable looks likely to bear the brunt of legal aid cuts.”

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The Guardian, 1st September 2011

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Legal aid: plan for 10% cut raises fears of more law centre closures – The Guardian

Posted August 23rd, 2011 in charities, law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“A fresh wave of law centre closures and redundancies is feared as the government introduces plans this week for an additional 10% cut in legal aid fees.”

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2011

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One in three law centres will fall victim to public spending cuts – The Independent

Posted August 9th, 2011 in law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“One in three of Britain’s law centres, where solicitors provide legal advice to poorer communities, face closure because of the squeeze on public spending.”

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The Independent, 9th August 2011

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One in three law centres set to shut down – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 4th, 2011 in law centres, legal aid, news by sally

“At least a third of law centres will close if government plans to cut legal aid funding go ahead this autumn, solicitors have predicted.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th August 2011

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An accessible community legal clinic with a lot on its plate – The Guardian

Posted August 2nd, 2011 in law centres, legal aid, news, pro bono work by sally

“A pro bono clinic is helping clients who have never sought legal advice before – and cuts to legal aid will mean more work still.”

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The Guardian, 1st August 2011

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Ken Clarke announces £20m fund after criticism of legal aid cuts – The Guardian

Posted June 30th, 2011 in law centres, news by sally

“A £20m fund is to be created to help law centres and advice services threatened by the government’s plan to cut legal aid, the justice secretary has announced.”

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The Guardian, 29th June 2011

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Supreme court judge warns legal aid cuts will hit poorest – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2011 in judges, law centres, legal aid, news, speeches by sally

“The only female justice on the supreme court, Lady Hale, has highlighted the impact of the proposed cuts in legal aid, declaring that they would have a ‘disproportionate effect upon the poorest and most vulnerable in society’.”

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The Guardian, 28th June 2011

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Christian Legal Centre fights more than 50 religious discrimination cases – The Guardian

Posted May 3rd, 2011 in law centres, news, religious discrimination by sally

“The Christian group that backed an electrician in his battle to display a crucifix in his company van says it now has more than 50 similar cases on its books.”

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The Guardian, 1st May 2011

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Family court service Cafcass criticised by MPs – BBC News

Posted November 11th, 2010 in family courts, law centres, news by sally

“The organisation which provides legal help for children in care cases is ‘not fit for purpose’, a group of MPs says.”

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BBC News, 11th November 2010

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New pilot to increase sustainability and efficiency of law centres – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 28th, 2010 in law centres, Ministry of Justice, news, pilot schemes by sally

“Legal Aid Minister, Willy Bach has strengthened the government’s commitment to ensuring a sustainable future for social welfare law.”

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Ministry of Justice, 28th January 2010

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Family lawyer fears over guardians’ ‘dangerous’ caseloads – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 8th, 2009 in children, family courts, law centres, news by sally

“Leading family lawyer Christina Blacklaws has hit out at the ‘dangerous’ workload of employed guardians at the Children and Family Court Advisory Service (Cafcass).”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th October 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk