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The justice system is relevant to every one of us. So it's time for us all to pay attention to what’s happening to legal aid.

In 2013, public funding for legal cases was slashed and most people now can't get justice. Now the government are reviewing these cuts. It's our last chance to tell them that we care.

This is a series of films and articles examining the impact of the cuts. They are first hand accounts of people who couldn't get legal aid and analyses of people who work in the justice system.

Please watch, share and sign this petition. For more context, read the introductory article.

 

Eleanor, a victim of the Windrush scandal


Mary-Ellen, a disabled woman, fights for her care


Nicholas, fights a custody battle and an inquest


Ian, destitute, fights his council



Justice in crisis, snapshot



Bob Neill MP on the importance of early advice


Richard Burgon MP on Labour's plans for access to justice


Shelter's Ben Tovey on legal aid and homelessness


Bambos Charalambous MP on legal aid and Windrush.



A missed opportunity to confront the access to justice crisis

This week, the UK's Ministry of Justice published its review into the legal aid cuts. For the many people now unable to access justice, it doesn't go far enough.

Cuts to legal aid: a hidden factor in the UK homelessness crisis

A lack of early legal advice is causing unnecessary homeslessness at huge government expense.

Cuts are causing stress and heartache in the family courts

The legal aid cuts mean that most people struggling with family breakdowns must represent themselves in court. The impact on children and ordinary people is enormous.

Why grieving families need legal representation at an inquest

Contrary to what the UK government say, many bereaved families need legal representation at an inquest to ensure a full and fearless investigation into the death of their loved one.

Legal aid cuts, disability and the silent storm hitting our community

This week the UN found the UK’s austerity measures to have been “punitive”.  To understand their true impact on disabled people, we must also look at what’s happened to our justice system.

Windrush: the inevitable result of a hostile environment and no legal recourse

As the UK government designs the compensation scheme for victims of the Windrush scandal, we look at the toxic combination of factors that caused the scandal in the first place.

Why legal aid matters and what you can do about it

Cuts to legal aid are causing widespread injustice and likely costing the taxpayer more. The government are reviewing the cuts. We have a final chance to tell them we care.

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