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LCF says its successes will be short-lived

3 December 2004

The Law Centres Federation (LCF) has warned that the body’s successes, outlined in its 2004 annual report, will not be sustainable under the current legal aid system.
The report, entitled Equality, Human Rights & Law Centres, highlights the opening of new centres in areas such as Stockport, Enfield and Bury, and the establishment of a network to improve access to advice for young people. However, the LCF says these achievements will be ‘unsustainable’ if civil legal aid funding continues to be sacrificed for criminal expenditure.
LCF director Steve Hynes said: “Without a ring-fenced civil fund, civil legal aid services like Law Centres are in danger of withering on the vine at the hands of the Treasury. Funding criminal rather than civil legal aid for the socially excluded ignores root problems and can be compared to treating terminal illness with a plaster.”

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