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The green paper post-mortem paints a bleak picture of what civil legal aid provision will look like if the MoJ gets its way. For firms intent on continuing to provide legal aid services, the proposed ten per cent fee cut will slice such a large chunk off their thin profit margins that their very existence will be in question, possibly leaving only large volume suppliers in that space. Some sectors are already predicting that practices will have to turn away half of their clients, making substantial restructures, redundancies and closures a distinct possibility. So, as firms begin to digest the details of the coalition's consultation on legal aid cuts, the worst hit offer a snapshot of what their services may look like come the revolution.

22 November 2010

Children

The proposals to cut legal aid for education work would affect 90 to 95 per cent of our education clients – that’s around 35 cases per month. The largest group within this is children with special educational needs, whose families come to us because their children are refused a statement of special educational needs to provide the educational support they need by their local authority. We deal with around 30 of these kinds of cases per month.

We also offer legal representation to families who miss out on the school place they would like – this tends to occur around March every year and we deal with 20 to 25 clients. A minority of our cases are school exclusions – around five per month.

All of these people would no longer be able to get our help through legal aid if the proposals to cut it do go ahead.

Judicial review will be the only publicly funded education legal work which will be freely available for people to take...

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