The number of civil legal help cases has dropped by two thirds since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) was introduced, according to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

Provisional quarterly figures from the MoJ and the Legal Aid Agency revealed that civil legal aid expenditure dropped by 4 per cent and legal help expenditure fell by almost 25 per cent in October-December 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

There was also a significant drop (12 per cent) in the number of applications for civil representation supported by domestic violence or child abuse evidence. The number of applications actually granted fell by 15 per cent on the same period in 2019.

However, there appeared to be a...

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