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Legal Services Commission — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 29th January 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Hollis of Heigham Baroness Hollis of Heigham Labour 3:00 pm, 29th January 2013

My Lords, why do those hard decisions have to be at the expense of the very poor and those needing help and advice? As my noble friend Lord Bach said, from next April, and particularly from next October, a brand new architecture of benefits-universal credit-will roll out to people who will, simultaneously, be losing large sums of money. Moreover, their claims will not be paper-based but will have to be online, even though something like a fifth of claimants do not even have access to a computer. As a result, they are going to need extensive help, support and advice at the very same time as the noble Lord is taking 40% of funding away from CABs across the country.