MoJ pledges £6.5m for legal aid services as review questions cuts

Review of cuts imposed in 2013 suggests savings may simply have shifted costs elsewhere

More face-to-face advice will be provided for social welfare claimants and about £6.5m extra will be spent on supporting legal aid services, the Ministry of Justice has announced.

An official review of the swingeing legal aid cuts imposed in 2013 by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government proposed restoring help to a few areas involving children, but admitted the funding reductions may have shifted costs to other departments.

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