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Rochdale Law Centre solicitors take to the streets to defend legal aid

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Rochdale Law Centre solicitors take to the streets to defend legal aid

On Friday 3 June 2011 solicitors from Rochdale Law Centre held pop-up advice surgeries at Spotland and Falinge Community Association in Rochdale and Burnside Community Centre in Middleton. They hoped to raise awareness around the need to defend legal aid in our community. Dozens of people stopped by and learned about the campaign to preserve access to justice for all.

“Proposed cuts to legal aid will mean that the poorest, most vulnerable members of our community will be left without access to free advice or representation,” said Gillian Quine, senior solicitor.

“According to research done by Legal Action Group, over 650 000 people nationwide will lose out on vital help through cuts to legal aid alone. People on low incomes and those who are disabled or vulnerable disproportionately rely on community advice agencies for the help they need, yet the funding for this service is under serious threat,” said Ms. Quine. “We’re hoping that people will remind our government that justice is for everyone—not just those with money.”

These pop-up advice surgeries were held as part of the Justice for All Campaign’s national Day of Action. Justice for All is a nationwide campaign defending legal aid from proposed government cuts.



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