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'Recent surveys have shown that the vast majority of the British public considers access to justice as a fundamental right.Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall Graham Fisher added:
However, this right has been dramatically eroded by the recent cuts to legal aid and other cuts and restructuring across the board. The effective lack of affordable access to justice is jeopardising the rule of law. This is having a knock-on effect on people's employment rights, welfare rights, housing rights and more. The most vulnerable people in society are being affected disproportionately.'
'We are calling for the reintroduction of legal aid for housing, family and employment matters, with a fresh look at means testing and eligibility.On 9 November, Middlesex University and Toynbee Hall will host a seminar, 'Justice cuttings: legal aid cuts and experiences of accessing justice for those in need', at Linklaters LLP in London, where the report will be launched and academics and service providers will discuss the impact of the cuts.
More funding needs to be put into place for free legal advice services which provide a lifeline for people who do not have the means to pay for legal advice and representation. In addition, more emotional support should be provided for people experiencing anxiety and distress.'
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