Jeremy Corbyn presses for review of legal aid cuts

Ministers urgently need to review the “disastrous” consequences of recent cuts to legal aid eligibility, the Labour leader has said.

Jeremy Corbyn has described legal aid as “the forgotten pillar of the welfare state” and has called on the government to assess the impact the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader and the MP for Islington, said: “It is time to challenge that perception. Access to justice should be considered a fundamental right for all. But that right has been eroded with severe consequences for many of our fellow citizens.”

Corbyn also attacked the government for having “stripped away security in social housing and made the benefits system more punitive” resulting in “the poorest and most marginalised … unable to receive basic advice or representation when they face legal problems. Likewise the deeply concerning rise in unsecured personal debt means many low-paid workers are struggling with unsustainable problems that require support and legal advice.”