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Gateshead Advice Centre And Cuts To Legal Aid

EDM number 1207 in 2010-12, proposed by Ian Mearns on 15/12/2010.
Categorised under the topic of Legal aid.

That this House recognises the economic and social importance of the work of the citizens advice bureaux, including the Gateshead Advice Centre, whose legally-aided advice and representation on welfare benefits, debt, community care, housing, family and employment are vital for many constituents; further recognises that in 2009 the Gateshead service advised 14,000 people on 34,000 issues, obtained 14 million of financial benefit for clients, contributed over 10 million through its debt work and secured 9 million worth of benefits; believes that without legal aid the Centre could only reach a fraction of the community and not take on full casework; is concerned that this will drive people towards unscrupulous private organisations that claim they can help people but which often fleece them; and endorses the Centre's view that proposals to cut legal aid represent a sharp break from the long-standing bipartisan consensus that effective access to justice is essential to underpin the rule of law.

This motion has been signed by a total of 12 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Ian Mearns15/12/2010GatesheadLabourProposed
Kate Green15/12/2010Stretford and UrmstonLabourSeconded
Ian Lavery15/12/2010WansbeckLabourSeconded
Yvonne Fovargue15/12/2010MakerfieldLabourSeconded
Eric Illsley16/12/2010Barnsley CentralLabourWithdrawn
John McDonnell16/12/2010Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSeconded
Dennis Skinner20/12/2010BolsoverLabourSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins20/12/2010Luton NorthLabourSigned
Virendra Sharma20/12/2010Ealing, SouthallLabourSigned
Mary Glindon21/12/2010North TynesideLabourSigned
David Crausby08/02/2011Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Stephen Hepburn28/02/2011JarrowLabourSigned

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