Access to justice more precarious than ever as cuts reduce vital advice services
Access to justice more precarious than ever as local funding cuts reduce vital advice services in Bristol. As a result of reductions nationally, Bristol City Council has cut funding to advice agencies by a total of £160k in 2018, this follows a 12.2% reduction in 2017/18.
The bottom line is that the six agencies affected* will help far fewer people. Most have already reduced opening hours, made redundancies, and cut outreach services. Agencies have already reported a drop in the number of clients they have been able to support and anticipate that ongoing cuts will affect thousands more.
Bristol is already a city of extreme inequality, something we know the Mayor is committed to addressing and is reflected in strategic plans and initiatives for the city. However the council’s own citizen service points have been reduced drastically to one central location, and within the context of universal credit, other public sector cuts, housing and immigration issues all advice agencies are experiencing ever increasing demand. We* hope by coming together to raise awareness amongst the people of Bristol we can gather support to work towards a sustainable future to best serve Bristol and reduce disadvantage for its citizens.
*Avon & Bristol Law Centre, North Bristol Advice, St Paul's Advice Centre, South Bristol Advice, Talking Money and Citizens' Advice Bristol
Justice First Fellowship success at Bristol Law Centre
Avon & Bristol Law Centre secures funding to host 2nd trainee solicitor on Fellowship Scheme, and first trainee qualifies as solicitor
Avon & Bristol Law Centre (ABLC), a local charity dedicated to helping people access justice, has successfully secured funding to host a second trainee solicitor on The Justice First Fellowship (JFF) Scheme, a prestigious programme run by the Legal Education Foundation.
Local Bristol law firms - Osborne Clarke, Burges Salmon, DAC Beachcroft and TLT - have committed funding to ABLC to sponsor the JFF Scheme's 2019 trainee solicitor.
Candidates can find more information about the Scheme and how to apply for current opportunities on the Justice Fellowship Scheme website.
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