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Graphs showing the cuts to civil legal aid

Two graphs illustrating the dramatic decline in civil legal aid cases over the last five years.


The graph above shows the decline in the number of acts of assistance under the coalition government. Acts of assistance describes all of the work carried out under the legal aid scheme. They include telephone and face to face advice cases, as well as those involving full representation.


The biggest area cut from the scope of the legal aid scheme by the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act was private law family, which includes divorce and other maters to do with the breakdown of relationships. The graph above shows the decline in private law Children Act procedures covered by legal aid. These cases include residence and contact order cases.

Both graphs are based on figures from the Legal Aid Agency and its predecessor the Legal Services Commission.