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Legal aid cuts trigger 99.5% collapse in numbers receiving state help in benefits 03 Nov 2017 13:42 #4786

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Legal aid cuts trigger 99.5% collapse in numbers receiving state help in benefits cases
Just 440 claimants were given assistance in the last financial year, Ministry of Justice admits – down from 83,000 before almost £1bn of cuts

Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor @Rob_Merrick


The full impact of legal aid cuts has been revealed in a Government analysis Getty
Legal aid cuts have triggered a staggering 99.5 per cent collapse in the number of people receiving state help in benefits cases, the Government has admitted.

Just 440 claimants were given assistance in the last financial year – down from 83,000 in 2012-13, before almost £1bn was swiped from the legal aid budget.

Many of the claimants will have been denied help to pursue cases where they were refused disability living allowance (DLA) or employment and support allowance (ESA).

Legal aid cuts leave justice system ‘in crisis’, report finds
The revelation, buried in a Ministry of Justice document, is certain to increase pressure on Theresa May to rethink the controversial cuts, introduced by David Cameron.

Ministers have announced a review, but did so without revealing their own analysis of the full extent of the impact of the legal aid restrictions.

Full Report Here;
www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/legal-aid-cuts-benefits-cases-state-help-dla-esa-ministry-justice-disability-living-allowance-a8028936.html
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