28. Apr, 2018


'Official figures this month showed that legal aid cuts mean disabled people appealing their benefit rejections are denied legal support in a staggering 99% of cases.

That’s someone with severe depression, or battling multiple sclerosis exhaustion, left to take on a long, complex legal case against the government alone. It results in a disability benefit system tilted in one side’s favour: create an assessment that’s proved to wrongly deny disabled people benefits, and then deprive them of the legal aid they need to have a chance to win them back.'

The injustice of the Windrush scandal will be terrifyingly familiar to anyone who has been through the benefits system, writes the Guardian columnist Frances Ryan