Legal Aid in Crisis

Assessing the Impact of Reform

Sarah Moore and Alex Newbury

Legal Aid in Crisis

Sarah Moore and Alex Newbury

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

96 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2017
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781447335450 Published June 2017 For sale in North and South America only
One of the many areas of social support affected by the recent austerity measures in Britain is legal aid, which has suffered under cuts so substantial that, this book argues, the result is the most radical set of changes in the sixty-year history of legal aid in the nation, a transformation of its very meaning and purpose. From an original position as a form of social welfare to which nearly anyone could get access, it is now seen as a benefit, outside the legal system, and almost wholly cast in economic terms. This book looks at this shift and its far-reaching consequences not just for individuals but for the whole of the court system.
Review Quotes
Pascoe Pleasence, University College London
"This social policy perspective on recent legal aid reform provides essential reading for those engaged in access to justice thinking."
Jennifer Sigafoos, University of Liverpool
"A valuable and timely contribution to the discussion of the impact of reforms to legal aid in England and Wales."
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