This week is Justice Week. It comprises a week-long programme of new research, public events, and digital content, revealing how the public really view justice at a time when successive governments have restricted access to it more than at any time since Legal Aid was established in 1949. How we can do more to encourage support for justice funding?
New research shows 78% of people agree that justice is as important as health and education, and 76% agree that people on low incomes should be able to get free legal advice. But since 2013, legal aid is not available for anyone for a wide range of life-changing problems, including family breakdowns, unfair dismissal, loss of welfare benefits, and almost all medical accidents. The Government is currently reviewing the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. We believe this provides a great opportunity to ensure that those most in need receive free legal advice.
Stand up for fairness. Please sign this petition – https://www.change.org/p/ministry-of-justice-make-legal-aid…, to call on the Government to extend the availability of legal aid to ensure that people on low incomes can access justice.