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Legal aid 'deserts' complicating access to justice, says committee

MPs and peers call for urgent review and more support for families at inquests

Legal aid “deserts” have emerged as lawyers withdraw from services that are no longer financially viable, leaving many people unable to obtain access to justice, a parliamentary report says.

The report by the joint committee on human rights calls for an urgent review of how people can enforce their rights, for changes to the Legal Aid Agency’s exceptional case funding scheme and for more legal support for families at inquests.

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