House of Commons
CUTS TO LEGAL AID SINCE 2013
EDM #369
Tabled 11 October 2017
2017-19 Session
That this House is deeply concerned by growing evidence, including reports by Amnesty International and the Law Society, that cuts to legal aid since April 2013, under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), have left thousands of the most disadvantaged in society, including children and people with learning disabilities, without the legal advice and support essential to access justice and equality before the law; notes that, in the first year after LASPO came into force, the number of cases in which legal aid was granted fell by 46 per cent from 925,000 to 497,000; further notes that the number of legal aid providers has fallen by 20 per cent from 2,991 to 2,393, leading to the emergence of advice deserts across England and Wales where the provision of free legal advice is disappearing, especially in housing law; shares the view of the Law Society, as expressed in its June 2017 report, Access denied? LASPO four years on, that LASPO has severely undermined access to justice and that this is resulting in the escalation of legal problems and knock-on costs elsewhere in the public sector; welcomes the Government's commitment to undertake a wholsesale review of the impact of LASPO by April 2018; and calls on the Government both to ensure that the review assesses the wider impact of LASPO on public services and to commence and conclude the review as a matter of urgency.

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In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.
Ali, Rushanara
Labour
11 October 2017
Amesbury, Mike
Labour
16 October 2017
Antoniazzi, Tonia
Labour
11 October 2017
Benn, Hilary
Labour
16 October 2017
Berger, Luciana
Labour
11 October 2017
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
11 October 2017
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
11 October 2017
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
11 October 2017
Charalambous, Bambos
Labour
11 October 2017
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
11 October 2017
Coaker, Vernon
Labour
11 October 2017
Coyle, Neil
Labour
11 October 2017
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
11 October 2017
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
11 October 2017
Dent Coad, Emma
Labour
11 October 2017
Doughty, Stephen
Labour
11 October 2017
Duffield, Rosie
Labour
11 October 2017
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
11 October 2017
Ellman, Mrs Louise
Labour
11 October 2017
Farrelly, Paul
Labour
11 October 2017
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
11 October 2017
Field, Frank
Labour
11 October 2017
Flynn, Paul
Labour
11 October 2017
Frith, James
Labour
11 October 2017
Gaffney, Hugh
Labour
20 October 2017
Gapes, Mike
Labour
11 October 2017
George, Ruth
Labour
11 October 2017
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
11 October 2017
Green, Kate
Labour
11 October 2017
Grogan, John
Labour
11 October 2017
Harman, Ms Harriet
Labour
11 October 2017
Hayes, Helen
Labour
11 October 2017
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
23 October 2017
Hermon, Lady
Independent
18 October 2017
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
11 October 2017
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
16 October 2017
Huq, Dr Rupa
Labour
11 October 2017
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
11 October 2017
Kinnock, Stephen
Labour
11 October 2017
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
11 October 2017
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
11 October 2017
Lammy, Mr David
Labour
11 October 2017
Lewis, Clive
Labour
11 October 2017
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
16 October 2017
Lloyd, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
11 October 2017
Malhotra, Seema
Labour
11 October 2017
Martin, Sandy
Labour
11 October 2017
McGinn, Conor
Labour
11 October 2017
McKinnell, Catherine
Labour
11 October 2017
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
11 October 2017
Nandy, Lisa
Labour
11 October 2017
O'Mara, Jared
Labour
11 October 2017
Pearce, Teresa
Labour
11 October 2017
Phillips, Jess
Labour
11 October 2017
Pidcock, Laura
Labour
11 October 2017
Powell, Lucy
Labour
11 October 2017
Reeves, Ellie
Labour
11 October 2017
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
17 October 2017
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
12 October 2017
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
11 October 2017
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
24 October 2017
Siddiq, Tulip
Labour
11 October 2017
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
16 October 2017
Sobel, Alex
Labour
11 October 2017
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
12 October 2017
Stevens, Jo
Labour
16 October 2017
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
11 October 2017
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
11 October 2017
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
12 October 2017
Twigg, Stephen
Labour
11 October 2017
Umunna, Chuka
Labour
11 October 2017
Vaz, Keith
Labour
11 October 2017
Walker, Thelma
Labour
31 October 2017
West, Catherine
Labour
11 October 2017
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
11 October 2017
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
11 October 2017
Zeichner, Daniel
Labour
11 October 2017
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion