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Bureaucracy and reduced provider numbers are threatening legal help take-up

The most worrying aspect of the low take-up of legal help is that it could justify scrapping, says Steve Hynes

20 September 2013

The take-up of legal help cases in social welfare law (SWL) for the first quarter of this year (2013/14) has been much smaller than the government predicted, according to a new report.

'Civil Legal Aid- the Secret Legal Service', published by the Legal Action Group (LAG) last week, is based on figures published by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) after the introduction of the legal aid scope cuts from April, under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act.

Previous figures released by LAG show that the number of civil legal aid cases has been in decline over recent years. It is in the SWL that the biggest falls have occurred. From just und...

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