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Law Centres, welfare reform & LASPO

Law Centres, welfare reform & LASPO

As legal advice for welfare benefits falls out of the scope of legal aid from 1st April, the government forges ahead with its programme of reform of the social security…

Worse than nothing: only 3.6% on work scheme found jobs

Worse than doing nothing – that was Labour’s damning indictment of the coalition’s flagship Work Programme following the publication last week of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)’s report on the…

Poundland ruling: is the government’s work scheme heading for the plug hole?

Poundland ruling: is the government’s work scheme heading for the plug hole?

Earlier this week it was ruled that the Government’s Work Programme was unlawful. The three judges who heard this case in the Court of Appeal ruled that the Secretary of…

Playing divide and rule on welfare reform

Playing divide and rule on welfare reform

During his People’s Budget speech in 1909, then Chancellor of the Exchequer David Lloyd George said: ‘I cannot help hoping and believing that before this generation has passed away, we…

A pincer movement against the poorest

The controversial legal aid Bill is back in the House of Lords this week, as the campaign against its planned £350m cuts are joined by faith leaders as well a…

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