The point of the legal aid cuts was never really to save money, because it didn’t save all that much. It was to allow the rich to get away with corrupt practices without being stopped by the law – and to push benefit claimants to an early death.

Legal aid cuts have triggered a staggering 99.5 per cent collapse in the number of people receiving state help in benefits cases, the Government has admitted.

Just 440 claimants were given assistance in the last financial year – down from 83,000 in 2012–13, before almost £1bn was swiped from the legal aid budget.

Many of the claimants will have been denied help to pursue cases where they were refused Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

The revelation, buried in a Ministry of Justice document, is certain to increase pressure on Theresa May to rethink the controversial cuts, introduced by David Cameron.

Ministers have announced a review, but did so without revealing their own analysis of the full extent of the impact of the legal aid restrictions.

Source: Legal aid cuts trigger 99.5% collapse in numbers receiving state help in benefits cases


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