Research conducted by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has found that cuts to legal aid in England and Wales have ‘decimated’ the legal help service. The data analyzed by BBC is from 2011-12 to present. Findings from this recent BBC investigation include the following:
- More than 15 million people now live in areas with one service provider
- Every year, an estimated 1,000,000 fewer claims are processed
- Approximately 50% of all community care legal aid providers are based in London
The investigation also highlights a more than 5-fold increase in self-representation that has resulted from cuts to the legal aid scheme.
Links to the methodology paper, and two full data sets are included in the BBC news article, published here: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46357169.