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Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats

Ensuring there is access to justice for all

March 17, 2019 3:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Our justice system is failing the vulnerable, and we should all be embarrassed about it.

Legal aid spending in England and Wales has been cut by £933 million in the last eight years. And as a direct result, we've seen huge reductions in support.

And what infuriates me the most is that cuts to legal aid have disproportionately affected the vulnerable, particularly disabled people, women, BAME people and those whose first language is not English. By being denied access to justice, legal aid cuts increase poverty and social exclusion.

The Liberal Democrats demand better.

At our spring conference, we have just passed a motion calling for:

Read the full motion here:

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Justice is becoming the reserve of the powerful and privileged. It's unacceptable. We're taking a stand for the rights of the less well off and proud to be doing so.