Families 'hit by legal aid cuts', Law Society warns

Thousands of vulnerable families could be left without any legal representation following a shake-up in legal aid, Ian Kelcey from the Law Society has warned.

The Legal Services Commission, which runs the £2.2bn scheme in England and Wales, has cut the number of firms able to offer legal aid from 2,400 to 1,300.

Mr Kelcey said that the change would reduce access to the service.

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