United Kingdom: Cuts that hurt: The impact of legal aid cuts in England on access to justice

Index Number: EUR 45/4936/2016

The UK government has dramatically reduced access to legal aid for tens of thousands of people in civil cases. In doing so it has stripped away a vital element of support for a fair and just legal system. Those hardest hit by the cuts are some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised people in our society: children and young people, and people with additional vulnerabilities, including those with mental health problems or disabilities. This report turns the spotlight on the damage to human rights – and the lives of thousands of people – brought about by these rushed reforms.

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