The government has just released its report after a lengthy review into the impact of legal aid cuts.
ATLEU collated compelling evidence from the anti-trafficking sector demonstrating that victims' of modern slavery need for legal advice is not being met. The government has not properly engaged with this evidence.
The onus is on the state to collate data on victims of modern slavery and to change the structures that prevent legal aid reaching those who need it most. There are easy fixes that could be put in place and longer term measures that require Government’s proper engagement.
Their recommendations simply do not go far enough.
Our evidence is available here.
Our sincere thanks to everyone from the sector who gave their time to contribute to this important work.