Lainey Gough considers the challenges in access to justice for vulnerable people

When demand for specialist legal advice is soaring, but there is a dramatic fall in the number of cases taken on, you know you have a problem. This is the very real and immediate challenge facing us in the community care sector.

In June, Access Social Care released its second annual State of the Nation report on social care in England and it is safe to say that it didn’t make for easy reading. 

The report, which pulled together more than 74,000 pieces of data nationwide from ASC as well as Royal Mencap Society, Age UK, Carers UK, RNIB and Independent Age, reveals a desperate picture of the English social care system, with the massive and unsustainable rise in advice demand far outstripping available resource...

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