Legal Aid Access

Part of The Secretary of State was asked – in the House of Commons on 14th January 2020.

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Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

I do not accept the accusations made by the hon. Gentleman. I have made it absolutely clear that access to high-quality, early legal aid can be important in supporting people in resolving their problems at an early stage. Last year, we spent £91 million on early legal advice through legal help, and our total spend was £1.7 billion. We are in the process of launching a series of pilots offering support to people with social welfare problems such as housing. I believe in access to justice, which is a fundamental right, and the Government are committed to ensuring that everyone can have the timely support that they need.