"Legal aid cuts spark redundancies at Citizens Advice bureaux
Finance | Tania Mason | 11 Mar 2013
A number of Citizens Advice bureaux around the country are preparing to make specialist staff redundant as the government’s legal aid cuts begin to take effect.
Citizens Advice, the umbrella organisation for the individual bureaux, could not give a figure for the number of employees expected to lose their jobs, because each independent bureau manages its own budget and human resources requirements.
However, it confirmed that the funding for legal aid services provided by bureaux is to be cut from £22m last year to just £3m from 1 April, so a significant number of staff paid for by legal aid contracts will be affected.
Legal aid contracts fund qualified staff to provide specialist advice for certain welfare, debt and employment cases. It is those employees that will be affected....................."