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Labour would restore legal aid for benefit appeal cases 05 Dec 2018 05:50 #11805

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Shadow Justice Secretary to announce the reversal of legal aid cuts for people who challenge benefit decisions under a future Labour government.

The next Labour government will restore legal aid for social security benefit appeals, the Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon MP will announce today.

Labour will restore legal aid funding for people seeking legal advice to appeal benefits decisions.

The move will help to ensure that victims of flawed Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decisions are able to defend themselves and get the financial support they are entitled to, say Labour.

Ministry of Justice figures show that thousands of ill and disabled people are wrongly denied, or face long delays in receiving, the financial support they are entitled to when benefit applications are wrongly rejected, only to be reversed on appeal many months later.

Over two thirds of appeals against Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) decisions are successful.

The number of people receiving legal aid to challenge welfare benefit decisions has fallen by 99% since 2012-13, with Labour arguing that this leaves vulnerable people unable to defend and uphold their rights.

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Labour would restore legal aid for benefit appeal cases 05 Dec 2018 08:24 #11812

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A Very Good Start, Full Legal Aid for all Criminal Cases for Anyone on Benefits or a low Income. Should also be Fully Restored;
At the moment Innocent people are pleading Guilty in Court as the cannot afford to get Legal Defence.
All these people should get full Compensation.
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