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Changing the story on legal aid

Date:30 JUL 2014
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Steve Hynes Director of Legal Action Group 

Today (30th July) marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the modern legal aid system. It was on 30 July 1949 that the Legal Aid and Advice Bill received royal assent. To coincide with the anniversary LAG is publishing the results of opinion polling research which shows a lack of public support for the government’s cuts to legal aid.

The fieldwork for the polls was carried out by the independent research company Ipsos-Mori. The first poll was conducted in April last year the month in which the LASPO Act cuts were brought in with a follow-up poll conducted in April this year. Both polls used a sample group of just over 1 000 members of the public and were undertaken as part of the regular public opinion polling exercise which Ipsos- MORI runs.

The two polls asked the public if they agreed or not that legal aid should be cut to reduce the government spending deficit:

Last year a third (34%) of adults aged 18+ in Great Britain agreed that legal aid should be cut as part...

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