Rethink legal aid cuts to ensure separated children can access legal advice, government urged

Refugee Council and Law Centres Federation have written to the Legal Aid Minister, Jonathan Djanogly MP, expressing concern at the government’s proposals to cut legal aid which will leave children without access to legal advice on immigration cases.

The Legal Aid Bill goes back to the House of Lords for debate this week.

Mr. Djanogly last year made a statement that the gaps left by the cuts would be filled by the Refugee Council, law centres and pro bono advice and representation.

In their letter, the Refugee Council and the Law Centres Federation have pointed out that this will not be possible due to increased pressures on their services amid cuts across the board, among other reasons.

In the letter, the two organisations have urged the government to rethink their plans and make sure that children in need of expert help with immigration matters are not forgotten.

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