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24 Sep

It has been reported that a survey by the office of the Children’s Commissioner concerning the impact of the withdrawal of legal aid last year reveals that in 70% of family cases, one or both sides appeared as a litigant in person. The study also indicated that only 57 people were granted "exceptional funding" by the Ministry of Justice, notwithstanding the government's expectation that there would be 3,700 such grants.

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Legal aid cuts impact on children

It has been reported that a survey by the office of the Children’s Commissioner concerning the impact of the withdrawal of legal aid last year reveals that in 70% of family cases, one or both sides appeared as a litigant in person. The study also indicated that only 57 people were granted "exceptional funding" by the Ministry of Justice, notwithstanding the government's expectation that there would be 3,700 such grants.

The report found that genuine claims for housing, welfare and other cases are gradually being abandoned, and that children are offered inadequate support. Maggie Atkinson, Children's Commissioner for England, has said: "The human cost of legal aid reforms is clearly immense. We should not expect children and young adults to face the complexities of the legal system on their own."

For the full publication see http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/content/publications/content_871

Emma Southern

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