Category Archives: social welfare law

Access to justice and the general election

Date: 10th May 2017 Categories:

      Well, we are in the middle of a general election campaign that no one predicted. It seems a combination of a commanding lead in the opinion polls and a brighter than expected economic outlook meant Theresa May …

Civil legal aid after polling day

  Legal aid and access to justice has not featured much in the general election campaign. The party manifestos include only scant references to it, but LAG argues the next government should not ignore the problems caused by the budget cuts …

Legal aid manifesto- good ideas need costing

      Later today the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) will launch its Manifesto for Legal Aid,* details of which were revealed in this month’s Legal Action. The document calls for changes to be made to the legal aid …

Critical report offers few solutions

Another damming report on the government’s legal aid changes was published yesterday (12th March). Unfortunately, while the House of Commons Justice Committee report eloquently describes the problems caused by the cuts to legal aid and advice services it is rather …

Follow-up Low Commission report launched

      The Low Commission launched its follow-up report, Getting it right or getting it wrong, at an event in the House of Commons yesterday.   Speakers from the three main political parties spoke in support of the Commission’s …

GP poll shows big increase in patients needing advice

Date: 3rd December 2014 Categories:

  An opinion poll of GPs published today (3rd December) by LAG has found a majority of doctors believed that the number of their patients who would have benefited from legal or specialist advice has increased in the past year. …

Critical report on civil legal aid also an opportunity

Date: 20th November 2014 Categories:

A report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) today, is critical of the government’s failure to understand the wider consequences of its cuts to civil legal aid. However, by exposing the underspend in the budget for civil legal aid, …

Economic benefits of advice

In their report published this week, Professor Graham Cookson, an economist, and his fellow academic Dr Freda Mold, review the evidence on the economic benefits of advice in social welfare law matters. They conclude that,“legal aid not only pays for …

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