Corcoran, MS ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8661-3147 (2020) The access to justice crisis in England and Wales: the state of the legal and advisory third sector. Unknown (Not provided). (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper reviews the ‘access to justice’ debate in England & Wales, with respect to the role which the third (also called ‘voluntary’ or ‘charitable’) sector plays in giving legal and welfare advice. It focuses specifically on the sub-sector of the UK’s significant and diverse third sector which works within the criminal justice field. The provision of publicly funded legal advice and support tends to be concentrated among specialist charities, for whom this is their sole or primary purpose. However, numerous other third sector organisations in different service fields act as gateways to legal support and advice for their clients. Legal advice provision by the third sector, therefore, is modelled as one of several intersecting domains for supporting those impacted by crime and punishment, as well as rehabilitation and welfare support more broadly. The financial crisis of 2008 precipitated a decade of austerity which generated unprecedented demands on social welfare systems. This coincided with the steep decline in funding for the third sector, compounded by the ongoing stripping out of criminal justice services and operations, and radical changes to the legal aid system. The loss of funding to both legal aid and the third sector was partially replaced by outsourced competitively contracted legal aid and allied services. However, privatisation favours large-scale providers to the detriment of small and medium-sized local charities. Since 2017, the impact of campaigning and political pushback has afforded some limited redress to an otherwise bleak prospect for publicly funded justice in England and Wales.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1 Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV7231 Criminal justice administration
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Political and Global Studies
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2020 11:02
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2020 10:08
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/8868

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