The Invisible | Legal Aid Fact #3

Next up in our series of stats about what cuts to the legal aid system really mean…

88% of GPs agree that patients not being able to get legal or specialist advice about their problems would have a negative impact on their health Either to a great extent or to some extent.

Research conducted by the Legal Action Group (LAG) and ComRes in 2014, and supported by the Law Society found that a vast majority of doctors believed that the number of their patients who would have benefited from legal or specialist advice has increased in the past year.

Issues with benefits led the way with two thirds of GPs (67 per cent) reporting the number of patients who would have benefited from legal advice in this area had increased in the last year. This was followed closely by debts/financial problems and issues at work, both at 65 per cent of GPs reporting an increase. Just over half (54 per cent) of GPs reported the number of patients with housing problems who would have benefited from legal advice had increased and a similar proportion (55 per cent) reported the same regarding community care. The lowest proportion was for advice on immigration law, at 30 per cent.

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