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Domestic Violence Cases To Remain Within Scope Of Legal Aid On Immigration

July 25, 2011

From Women’s Health and Equality Consortium:
Domestic Violence Cases To Remain Within Scope Of Legal Aid On Immigration:
The Government has agreed to bring cases brought under the domestic violence rule back into the scope of legal aid within the proposals set out in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. The statement from the Legal Aid Minister, Jonathan Djanogly MP, was made on 19 July during the sixth sitting of the Public Bill Committee in response to a question raised by the Conservative Party MP, Ben Gummer: http://digbig.com/5bejbf  Until this point, the Government has been proposing to withdraw legal aid from immigration and some asylum-support law cases without any reference to the vulnerability of the applicant of the risks that they face. This statement is the first concession, and acknowledgement from Government that such a stance is unacceptable and will place women at further risk of violence and abuse.

 

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