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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t8752#synopsis pretty good take on human effects of inadequate legal rep caused by idiotic LSC funding/payments regime, plus extent of shoddy advisers. shame it takes something like a suicide to provoke this kind of programming.

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    o disaster
    IAS have gone into administration
    unbelievable gutting of legal advice provision
    http://ilegal.org.uk/index.cgi?board...ay&thread=3477

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    Quote Originally Posted by sufi View Post
    o disaster
    IAS have gone into administration
    unbelievable gutting of legal advice provision
    http://ilegal.org.uk/index.cgi?board...ay&thread=3477
    Bloody hell, Disastrous

    We were at legal aid awards thing t'other week, and one person who won an award was this woman who used to work at RMJ and basically carried boxes and boxes of files over to a local law centre when it closed, and has continued on those cases at the law centre. I know it's no substitute for the services that are being gutted, but it's still a sterling effort.

    I don't know much abotu this particular (IAS) situation apart from what's in the link, but hell, the LSC cuts are devastating to so many.

    Are any newspapers proeprly covering this (not rhetorical, genuine question)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baboon2004 View Post
    Bloody hell, Disastrous

    We were at legal aid awards thing t'other week, and one person who won an award was this woman who used to work at RMJ and basically carried boxes and boxes of files over to a local law centre when it closed, and has continued on those cases at the law centre. I know it's no substitute for the services that are being gutted, but it's still a sterling effort.
    One of the winners was Baljeet Sandhu, formerly an immigration lawyer with the Refugee and Migrant Justice, which went into administration last year because of cash flow problems. She now works at Islington Law Centre, after pitching up there with 70 boxes of files she had "rescued" from RMJ (standing on the pavement with them while bemused law centre staff helped bring them into the office).
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/j...gal-aid-awards
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    I don't know much abotu this particular (IAS) situation apart from what's in the link, but hell, the LSC cuts are devastating to so many.

    Are any newspapers proeprly covering this (not rhetorical, genuine question)?
    was on bbc news last night

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    Cheers Sufi. Heard some terrible things/future prognosis talking to a guy who works for Asylum Aid this week. Obv they can't cope witht he volume of cases following RMJ and IAS closures.

    Yeah, my colleague here used to work with her. Didn't realise the Graun had covered the event. Another one of the winners was bizarrely a friend of a friend I hadn't seen in years.

    Last paragraph is very true....certainly the most straight talking thing said on the night.

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    whilst LSC and Legal Aid cuts are ultimately responsible, I'm not sure IAS couldn't have managed the closure a bit better. I'm open to being enlightened by someone who knows more about administration than I do, but I know IAS staff would have worked for free to cover a wind-down period, and have heard from mates working in the wider sector that they were in denial about the likely outcome of the whole situation right up until the end (hence the sudden closure). Any thoughts? Or is that just the way these things work?

    this kind of group - pro bono, local, no desire for Legal Aid funding, a whole lot of capacity for country research - http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/mig...group-launched - seems like the way forward...

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    Singaporean woman with British husband, sons and granddaughter (!) sent 'home' without chance to contact her lawyer.

    Apparently the amount of time she'd spent in Singapore caring for her elderly parents has invalidated her claim to live in the UK, despite being married to a British man for 27 years.

    What the fuck is happening to this country? Unbelievably grim.
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