Early day motion 2334

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PROVISION OF LEGAL AID

That this House notes with concern that proposed legal aid cuts will lead to a loss of face-to-face advice for debt, employment, housing and welfare benefits that could make the funding stream unworkable for charities; furthernotes with alarm that the legal aid funding that will be left in placewould not be enough for not-for-profit organisations to employ one full-time caseworker in 30 per cent. of areas; further notes that the removal oflegal aid for advice on immigration, family law, clinical negligence and education and other changes means that over 650,000 people will lose out overall; further notes with alarm that immigration advice will only be available in the future under legal aid for people who are detained; further notes that Coventry Law Centre has a contract to help 380 clients with immigration issues; recognises that the current provision for legal aid for debt, housing, welfare, benefits, community care and employment allows Coventry Law Centre to assist 1,830 people in the city; notes with concern that after the proposed cuts and the effects of the introduction of the mandatory telephone gateway, that this figure will reduce to just 138 people; believes that current policies are unfair, unnecessary and unsustainable; and calls on the Government to reconsider its proposals before it damages legal aid provision irrevocably.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 31.10.2011
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 02.11.2011
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 01.11.2011
Clark, Katy Labour Party North Ayrshire and Arran 07.11.2011
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 02.11.2011
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 22.11.2011
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 31.10.2011
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 02.11.2011
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 01.11.2011
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 02.11.2011
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 01.11.2011
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Kilburn 01.11.2011
Lavery, Ian Labour Party Wansbeck 03.11.2011
Lloyd, Tony Labour Party Manchester Central 02.11.2011
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 08.11.2011
McCabe, Steve Labour Party Birmingham Selly Oak 31.10.2011
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 01.11.2011
Michael, Alun Labour Party Cardiff South and Penarth 03.11.2011
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 09.11.2011
Osborne, Sandra Labour Party Ayr Carrick and Cumnock 02.11.2011
Owen, Albert Labour Party Ynys Môn 31.10.2011
Qureshi, Yasmin Labour Party Bolton South East 08.11.2011
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 02.11.2011
Robertson, John Labour Party Glasgow North West 31.10.2011
Robinson, Geoffrey Labour Party Coventry North West 31.10.2011
Rotheram, Steve Labour Party Liverpool Walton 31.10.2011
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 01.11.2011
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 01.11.2011
Vaz, Valerie Labour Party Walsall South 07.11.2011