Yardley MP Jess Phillips supports an Early Day Motion which calls for a review into legal aid cuts.
The Early Day Motion states that many MPs are concerned by growing evidence, including reports by Amnesty International and the Law Society, that cuts to legal aid since April 2013, under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), have left thousands of the most disadvantaged in society, including children and people with learning disabilities, without the legal advice and support essential to access justice and equality before the law.
In the first year after LASPO came into force, the number of cases in which legal aid was granted fell by 46 per cent from 925,000 to 497,000 and the number of legal aid providers has fallen by 20 per cent from 2,991 to 2,393, leading to the emergence of advice deserts across England and Wales where the provision of free legal advice is disappearing, especially in housing law.
Jess Phillips MP said:
"LASPO has severely undermined access to justice and I believe that it is vital that Government ensure that the wider impacts of LASPO on public services are reviewed, and to start and conclude this review as a matter of urgency."