South Yorkshire legal funding changes fear

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PLANNED cuts to legal advice funding will ‘leave the most vulnerable without support when things go wrong’, say South Yorkshire MPs.

Opposition politicians claim cuts contained in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill could put Citizens Advice Bureaux, law centres and independent advice agencies at risk.

The Government is proposing to axe 53 per cent of the £295 million annual cost of helping charities and small voluntary organisations which provide advice.

Rotherham MPs John Healey, Kevin Barron and Denis MacShane have met representatives from the town’s advice agencies to discuss concerns about the impact of the changes.