Government assault on judicial review threatens access to justice


Ever since it came to power, the coalition government has mounted a sustained onslaught on British citizens’ access to justice. The first assault was legislation that more than halved public funding for legal advice on issues that affect the poorest in society such as debt management and housing. The second was an attack on employee rights and the introduction of fees for employment tribunals. Now, the government is proposing greatly to restrict your right to apply for judicial review

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Food Bank Meets Needs in Highgate Newtown



The Ham and High reports on some worrying news from Highgate:


The Highgate Newtown Community Centre, in Bertram Street, gives out 50p lunches and food parcels to families who cannot pay for basic essentials.

The suspicion must be that as welfare cuts continue to bite this will only get worse. Meanwhile local community centres like Highgate Newtown Community Centre need your help.

More government cuts to advice sector


Another day, another cut for civil legal advice services. Yesterday, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced that it is ending grants to three charities, the Advice Services Alliance (ASA), the Law Centres Federation (LCF) and the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau (RCJ CAB). A total of £655,317 in long-standing grants, which support civil legal advice services, will go, adding to the £350m the government is already cutting from legal aid.


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