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Welfare reform: the new postcode lottery

The impact of cuts to legal aid for welfare and benefits ?advice cannot be understated, says Steve Hynes

30 November 2012

After domestic violence cases, the cuts to legal aid for welfare benefits advice proved to the most divisive issue in the course of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill’s voyage through the parliamentary process. Campaigners and parliamentarians frequently made the link between the implementation of the Welfare Reform Act and the need for advice and representation. Baroness Grey-Thompson, the high profile former paralympic athlete and a cross bench peer said that the proposals in the bill acted as a “double whammy” for disabled people who would find themselves without welfare benefits and unable to challenge decisions.

According to Citizens Advice CEO Gillian Guy, the timing of the legal aid cuts due to be implemented next April could not be worse. “Welfare reforms already in place – like the switch from incapacity benefit to ESA – have led to a huge surge in th...

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