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Children set to lose legal aid

The government has said it will oppose 8 of the 11 amendments made by peers to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders bill when it returns to Commons today.

On Friday afternoon the government published a response to the Lords’ amendments signalling the intention to restore cuts to legal aid for children.

JustRights campaign group have said that 6000 children would lose the right to legal aid if the government does achieve this cut.

Swain & Co. condemns this proposal as the government had claimed it wanted to protect children, and this will see vulnerable children left unsupported by the legal system, and they often have little to no parental support. The legal system is complicated enough for adults, let alone children being left alone to navigate it.

Children must be protected by the government as they are vulnerable in our society. Legal aid should be retained as a safeguard for them.

Swain & Co. carry out legal aid work for a variety of the many areas of law we work in. We are working hard to prepare for cuts to legal aid by introducing fixed fee options, such as for Divorce and Lasting Powers of Attorney. But, we will also still be offering legal aid in its current form and to the changes made, such as Domestic Violence, Community Care and Prison Law.

If you require assistance on any of the matter mentioned, or any of the areas of law in which we practice, then please contact us to discuss your needs. We are here to help and can discuss the various forms of funding such as legal aid, no win no fee, fixed fees and some insurance arrangements, PLUS we offer a free initial consultation. Call us now on 0800 0351 999 Havant/Portsmouth and 0800 056 6880 Southampton.

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