Dress code: Mourning black & gaffer tape
At lunchtime on Friday, June 3rd, workers and service users from a variety of Advice and Legal Support agencies across the city will join Jack Dromey MP to lead a silent procession from Birmingham Law Courts to the Council House, symbolizing the stifled voices of the thousands of people who will be denied representation as a consequence of the Government’s proposed cuts to legal aid services.
Cuts to free legal advice target the most vulnerable – over 700,000 people will lose out on vital legal help through cuts to legal aid alone. People on low incomes and those who are disabled or vulnerable rely on community advice agencies for the help they need, yet the funding for this service is under serious threat. We further believe that this is really a false economy. Without advice, people’s problems spiral out of control, escalating costs for the public purse including housing, education and health budgets. Evidence suggests that early advice can save up to £10 for every £1 invested.
The Silent Procession for Justice is part of the national Justice for All Day of Action. The Justice for All campaign is calling for the protection of the frontline advice services which keep families together in their homes and in work and education to be maintained.
If you can’t make it on the day, please sign this petition – Birmingham supports Justice for All – to show local opposition to the plans to cut legal aid and deny people access to justice based on their income.
Facebook Page for Justice for All