People forget Legal Aid is thanks to Labour

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Unsurprisingly, Nick Perry is happy to join Amber in her decision to support local advice agencies which would be affected by the proposed cuts to civil legal aid. Unfortunately, he couldn’t resist adding a political snipe at Labour.

Let me remind you that it was Labour that introduced the Access to Justice Act 1999. This recognised the need to increase access to legal advice for such issues as debt, housing and social security and was best achieved by giving funding to local specialist agencies.

It was, in my view, an act of social justice that any society should praise and maintain.

So I am relieved for the advice agencies which provide a professional service for relatively small amounts of public money.

Amber Rudd’s commitment to their cause suggests this has been yet another ill-thought through cut and that a u turn is being seriously considered.


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