Advice services to be slashed in Cambridgeshire under Government legal aid plans

GOVERNMENT cuts to funding for the Citizens Advice Bureau show that 3,453 people in Cambridgeshire will no longer have access to legal aid.

Law centres and advice agencies across the country use legal aid to provide help on issues such as debt, employment or benefits.

However, Government plans to cut much of the funding, in a bill that is being debated in Parliament this week.

Gail Emerson, a Justice for All campaign spokesman, said: “In Cambridgeshire - as in the rest of the country, residents will be hit hard by these cuts to such a vital service.

“The total saving for cutting legal aid on social welfare issues like these only comes to �50million each year. The Government spends almost three times more just on administering the legal aid system.

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“We urge people to write to their MPs ahead of the crucial vote in the House of Commons.”

The figures - from the campaign group - don’t include cuts to other areas of law.

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Their research suggest 650,000 people nationwide will lose access to advice if the changes go through.

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