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Extensive cuts to civil legal aid that come into force this week will result in vulnerable people struggling to find help as “advice deserts” open up in parts of the country, a survey warns.
The first assessment of the impact of cutting £350m from the legal aid budget found more than a quarter of the lawyers and advisers who responded said they were at risk of losing their jobs.
Although the cuts formally come into force this week, their impact is already being felt. Some law centres have started charging clients fees or turning them away. The Red Cross has announced the end of its support for family reunion claims, housing charity Shelter has shut down nine advice offices across England with the loss of around 100 jobs and some Citizens Advice Bureaux have sent out redundancy notices.
The future of the payments was thrown into fresh doubt on Friday after Number 10 suggested that they would be reviewed and senior Liberal Democrats called for them to be means-tested from April 2015.
Talks between the Conservatives and Lib Dems over a fresh wave of cuts have already begun.
Mr Clegg is said to be ready to call for means-testing pensioners’ benefits in the negotiations, if Tories call for more cuts to welfare.
Millions of low-income households face a rise in their council tax bills costing them up to £600 a year from April under a “poll tax bombshell”, according to new study.
People in low-paid jobs and those on benefits who currently pay little or no council tax will be hit with increased bills within months in three out of four local authorities, it has emerged.
Most councils have decided to reduce the council tax benefit available for residents on low incomes after central government imposed a 10 per cent cut on the total subsidy budget. At present 3.2 million working-age households receive such support.
Promise to end defence cuts leaves PM red-faced as Downing Street admits spending will only rise after 2016 | Mail Online
A surprise promise by David Cameron to rule out further defence cuts unravelled today, with Downing Street forced to admit spending will not rise until after 2016.
Travelling in Algeria, the Prime Minister told reporters military spending would rise in real terms after 2015.
But Defence Secretary Philip Hammond today insisted the promise was only that equipment spending would rise by one per cent a year, but other areas would be cut.
10 January: The Daily Mail reports that budgets for training nursery staff and childminders is to be cut by 40% after David Cameron and Nick Clegg failed to agree a deal on funding.
Labour used Freedom of Information laws to reveal how much councils have spent on training for the early years workforce and supporting childcare providers to employ well-qualified staff.
In 2010-11 almost 140 councils in England spent £93.3million but a year later the budget had been cut by 40 per cent to £56million.
Mr Twigg adds: ‘The Government has slashed the budget for training for nursery staff, putting quality at risk. In four areas – Redcar, Enfield, Solihull and Lewisham, there is now no money available for councils to provide nursery staff training.’
Just 15 councils increased their spending year-on-year.