November
01
2019
Author
Refugee Action and NACCOM
Refugee Action and NACCOM launch report on Legal Support

The research shows that changes to the legal aid system have left many people seeking asylum completely unable to access the legal support they need to make their case for protection from violence or persecution. This is denying justice to some of the most vulnerable people in our country.

92 organisations were surveyed about their experiences of supporting people seeking asylum to access justice. The results were stark. 87% of respondents said that it was more difficult to refer people to legal aid solicitors since new government restrictions were introduced in 2012 and some said they can only refer people to solicitors if they have collected legal evidence themselves.

Headline figures -

  • Since 2005 56% of legal aid providers were lost
  • The proportion of not-for-profit providers fell by 64% since 2005
  • There are 26 local authorities with more than 100 section 95 supported people and no local provision
You can find more information and the full report on the Refugee Action website here.