A campaign of mass civil disobedience is being organised by UK Uncut to highlight the impact of the legal aid cuts.
- ‘On 5th October, join UK Uncut as we take mass civil disobedience to show that we won’t take this assault on our equality before the law’ – more HERE.
According to UK Uncut, the government has forced through’ devastating cuts in every area from education to housing, welfare to healthcare, and now they want to stop us challenging their unfair and unnecessary decisions, and to stop us from resisting injustice’. ‘So join the UK uncut collective in blocking roads outside of courts around the country. In an act of direct action, we will stand against these dangerous changes that will destroy democracy and ordinary people’s lives. We know that this will be disruptive. We know that it will stop the traffic. But we know that this kind of direct action works, and that we need to use it to save justice.’
The action is backed by DPAC, Defend the Right to protest, Women Against Rape, Plane Stupid, Kent Refugee Help and BARAC UK.
‘The changes in legal aid are an assault on the poorest and most vulnerable in our society,’ Sarah Price of UK Uncut told the Press Association. ‘By insisting on these so-called ‘cuts’, the Government takes away our ability to challenge their decisions, allowing them to cut deeper and without the legal challenge. Yet these changes are not about saving money: they are designed to rip away the foundations of the democratic system, making the weak and vulnerable voiceless.’
Lynn Jacobs, a UK Uncut supporter, said that she was supporting the action ‘because I have already seen the impact of legal aid changes’. ‘I fled an abusive relationship and was not sure what to do to protect myself. `Because of the changes to legal aid, I could not afford get a court order to protect myself from my ex-partner.’
Jon is editor of the Justice Gap. He is a freelance journalist. Jon's books include The First Miscarriage of Justice (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap (LAG, 2009) and People Power (Daily Telegraph/LawPack, 2008). Jon is a journalism lecturer at Winchester University and a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln. He is twice winner of the Bar Council's journalism award (2015 and 2005) and is shortlisted for this year's Criminal Justice Alliance's journalism award