Two pioneering pilot family law schemes, which fill the gap left by reforms to legal aid, have been granted funding extensions to continue their services.

Family Matters, which is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Innovation Fund, supports families struggling with separation in Newcastle, Crewe, and Oxford. Since 2013, the service has helped more than 1,000 people.

The service is free where one parent is receiving a benefit or is earning less than the living wage.

Commenting on the news, Resolution's project manager, Jane Wilson, said: 'The loss of family legal aid has had a huge impact on the communities we work with and for many of the people we help, Family Matters is the only initial...

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