Cuts have put many elderly and disabled people beyond the reach of our legal aid

I’m a community care solicitor and have to turn people away who can’t afford private legal advice to appeal decisions about their health and social care

I am the head of a small team of community care lawyers funded by legal aid to assist some of the most vulnerable people in society and challenge public bodies such as social services and the NHS.

Legal aid cuts, however, have put many vulnerable people beyond our reach; now we only help those in the direst circumstances. The cuts began in April 2013 when new legislation came in changing the way legal aid operated.

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