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LEGAL SERVICE COMMISSION'S DECISION TO END FUNDING FOR SPECIALIST SUPPORT IN ENGLAND AND WALES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1542: tabled on 31 January 2006

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 180 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House condemns the Legal Service Commission's (LSC) recent decision to end all funding of specialist support services in England and Wales from July 2006 despite the outcome of its own review in 2003-04 which recognised the value and importance of specialist support advice, mentoring and training in complex areas of social welfare law for LSC approved agencies working directly with the public; notes that this will mean, in Wales, the end of the Wales Specialist Support Service, which provides expert help and training in housing, welfare benefits and debt, and across England and Wales, the loss of essential advice and training in mental health, community care, employment, HIV/AIDS, immigration and human rights, as well as housing, welfare benefits and debt, provided by acknowledged expert agencies such as the Child Poverty Action Group, Disability Law Service, Citizens Advice, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Liberty, MIND, Shelter, Terrence Higgins Trust and others; further regrets the implications of this cut in funding for vulnerable clients who are not in a position to employ specialist advisers; and calls on the Government to restore funding for specialist support and to strengthen the provision of legal advice for those in the greatest need.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Ancram, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 30 March 2006
Devizes
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2006
Blaydon
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Erith and Thamesmead
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 February 2006
Lewes
Baldry, Tony
Conservative
Signed on 9 February 2006
Banbury
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2006
Leeds West
Benyon, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 27 February 2006
Newbury
Bercow, John
Conservative
Signed on 27 February 2006
Buckingham
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Kingswood
Blackman-Woods, Dr Roberta
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
City of Durham
Borrow, Mr David S.
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
South Ribble
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2006
Worthing West
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 February 2006
South East Cornwall
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 February 2006
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Brown, Lyn
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2006
West Ham
Browne, Mr Jeremy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2006
Taunton
Burrowes, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 9 February 2006
Enfield, Southgate
Burt, Alistair
Conservative
Signed on 27 February 2006
North East Bedfordshire
Butler, Ms Dawn
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2006
Brent South
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Blyth Valley
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 March 2006
Orkney and Shetland
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Gower
Chapman, Ben
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Wirral South
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clegg, Mr Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 February 2006
Sheffield, Hallam
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Leyton and Wanstead
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 13 February 2006
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Stockton North
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
West Lancashire
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Islington North
Cousins, Jim
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Creagh, Mary
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Wakefield
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 1 March 2006
Dagenham
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Keighley
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2006
Easington
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2006
Kingston and Surbiton
David, Mr Wayne
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2006
Caerphilly
Davies, David T. C.
Conservative
Signed on 28 February 2006
Monmouth
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 27 April 2006
Heywood and Middleton
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2006
Stroud
Dunwoody, Mrs Gwyneth
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2006
Crewe and Nantwich
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 1 February 2006
Foyle
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Sunderland North
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 February 2006
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2006
Hornsey and Wood Green
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Birkenhead
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Flello, Mr Robert
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Stoke-on-Trent South
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Newport West
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 February 2006
Bath
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2006
Aberavon
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 13 February 2006
Bethnal Green and Bow
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 February 2006
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Walthamstow
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 March 2006
Romsey
Goldsworthy, Julia
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2006
Falmouth and Camborne
Goodman, Helen
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Bishop Auckland
Griffith, Nia
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Llanelli
Grogan, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2006
Selby
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 14 February 2006
Suffolk Coastal
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 16 February 2006
Midlothian
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 February 2006
Portsmouth South
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 February 2006
Oxford West and Abingdon
Havard, Mr Dai
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Heath, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 February 2006
Somerton and Frome
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 February 2006
Birmingham, Yardley
Hendry, Charles
Conservative
Signed on 2 March 2006
Wealden
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hodgson, Mrs Sharon
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Gateshead East and Washington West
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Vauxhall
Holloway, Mr Adam
Conservative
Signed on 8 March 2006
Gravesham
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2006
Luton North
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 February 2006
Cheltenham
Howarth, David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2006
Cambridge
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Chorley
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 October 2006
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 February 2006
Cheadle
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2006
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2006
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Hampstead and Highgate
James, Mrs Siân C.
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Swansea East
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Tamworth
Jones, Helen
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Warrington North
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Clwyd South
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2006
Hereford
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Ealing, Southall
Khan, Mr Sadiq
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2006
Tooting
Kilfoyle, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Liverpool, Walton
Kirkbride, Julie
Conservative
Signed on 23 March 2006
Bromsgrove
Kramer, Susan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 March 2006
Richmond Park
Lancaster, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 6 February 2006
North East Milton Keynes
Laws, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 February 2006
Yeovil
Laxton, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Derby North
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2006
Manchester, Withington
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2006
Brighton, Pavilion
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2006
Manchester Central
Love, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Edmonton
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 6 February 2006
Mid Worcestershire
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Thurrock
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Wolverhampton South West
Mates, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 1 March 2006
East Hampshire
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Calder Valley
McCarthy, Kerry
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2006
Bristol East
McCarthy-Fry, Sarah
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Portsmouth North
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Hayes and Harlington
Milton, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 9 February 2006
Guildford
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Great Grimsby
Moon, Mrs Madeleine
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Bridgend
Morden, Jessica
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Newport East
Mudie, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 15 March 2006
Leeds East
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 March 2006
Leeds North West
Murphy, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Torfaen
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Bristol North West
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 15 March 2006
Knowsley South
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Nuneaton
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 February 2006
Montgomeryshire
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Ynys Môn
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 15 February 2006
Croydon Central
Penrose, John
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Weston-Super-Mare
Prentice, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Pendle
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 6 February 2006
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 February 2006
Southport
Reed, Mr Jamie
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2006
Copeland
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Halifax
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 February 2006
North Cornwall
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 February 2006
Rochdale
Ruddock, Joan
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2006
Lewisham, Deptford
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 March 2006
Colchester
Salter, Martin
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Reading West
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 February 2006
Torbay
Seabeck, Alison
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Plymouth, Devonport
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Huddersfield
Short, Clare
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Birmingham, Ladywood
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Nottingham South
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Bradford West
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Bolsover
Smith, John
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Vale of Glamorgan
Soames, Hon Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 9 February 2006
Mid Sussex
Soulsby, Sir Peter
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2006
Leicester South
Southworth, Helen
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Warrington South
Strang, Dr Gavin
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Edinburgh East
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 February 2006
Hazel Grove
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 March 2006
East Dunbartonshire
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
North West Leicestershire
Taylor, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 February 2006
Truro and St Austell
Teather, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
Brent East
Thornberry, Ms Emily
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2006
Islington South and Finsbury
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 1 March 2006
Pudsey
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2006
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2006
Finchley and Golders Green
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 7 February 2006
North Dorset
Whittingdale, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Maldon and East Chelmsford
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Maidstone and The Weald
Williams, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Swansea West
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Conwy
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 14 February 2006
Caernarfon
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 February 2006
Ceredigion
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 February 2006
Bristol West
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2006
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 February 2006
Cardiff Central
Winnick, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Walsall North
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2006
Batley and Spen
Wright, Mr Anthony
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2006
Great Yarmouth
Wright, Jeremy
Conservative
Signed on 1 March 2006
Rugby and Kenilworth
Wright, Dr Tony
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2006
Cannock Chase
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 22 March 2006
Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
Teignbridge

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.