Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Jan 15, 2011 16:34:30 GMT
Perhaps Government should be worried about some of the potential implications of not funding us properly to provide advice. The loss of Legal Aid contracts will be a dramatic blow to many advice providers and bring about a dramatic decline in the provision of specialist advice.
It brings about the possibility that we could potentially turn to say Trade Unions (who will be fighting hard to protect against job losses, unfair dismissals and so forth) for funding, funding which could also address the problem of all the billions unclaimed in the form of various 'take up campaigns'. Perhaps if Government realised that we could become even more pro-active at helping to identify these unclaimed benefits, they might not be so inclined to take our funding away. It sounds a bit of a dirty way to fight these cuts but let's face it, this is no squeaky clean Government.
And morally, these unclaimed benefits and tax credits are people's legal entitlement anyway.