Response to The Observer - Disabled people lose legal aid in 99 percent of benefits disputes

Richard Lane, Head of Communications at disability charity Scope says:

“These figures are deeply troubling and should be a wake-up call for Government. 

“Without Legal Aid, disabled people are in a weaker position to challenge inaccuracy and poor decision making within government welfare systems. 

"Our Helpline receives a large number of calls on this issue. We know how incredibly stressful and difficult it is for disabled people and their families to challenge bad decisions.

“Last year, the Government proposed a review of the Legal Aid system. For large numbers of disabled people it cannot come soon enough.” 

Notes to the editor:

For more information please contact the Press Office on 020 7619 7200 or email bernie.fennerty@scope.org.uk.

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