Mylegal Collection of Case Studies May 28, 2011 21:44:03 GMT 1
Post by nickd on May 28, 2011 21:44:03 GMT 1
Many of you fighting these reforms will have been asked, particularly by MP's, for some case studies of people who've been helped by advice agencies, law centres and CAB's.
Since Mylegal was started we put out a call for as many of these as we could get. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those who contributed. There are around 80 odd posts (to date 28/5/2011) for you to pick and chose from. They are still individually posted as they were by contributors, but this thread puts them all in one place.
Some posts will detail more than one case.
There's a range from examples of everyday referrals which show what's general advice and which are specialist; there are also some which have been kindly provided by clients - their contribution is greatly appreciated. Examples of cost savings are given to illustrate the very good value which legal aid provides.
I'm working on a quick link and categorization so if you're looking for something it should be easier to locate it; - it's often a problem finding the right one when you need it.
We could still do with some more, they're immensely important and despite an imminent announcement from the Legal Aid minister, these reforms still have a fair way to go before they become implemented as legislation; - so please keep posting!!
It would be good if you could post them on this thread from now on because it makes them easier to link to some kind of index - benefits - debt - housing - mental health - immigration - family and so forth.
Particular thanks go to all contributors...
KBricknell for posting an unbelievable amount!!
Rochdale Law Centre
And of course to Patrick, oh and I'd better give myself a pat on the back too!!
Plus our immense thanks go to all the clients who allowed their stories to be used in helping us fight these reforms on their behalf.
But there's plenty of room for a few more.
If we took say 80 of these posts as cases at an average of between the fixed fee of £167 for a benefit case and £200 for a debt case we'd be looking at say £183.50 per case. Assuming there's one case per post (there's more but for argument's sake it'll do) the collective cost to the State comes to just £14,860 for all the work done in all of these posts, now I'd call that pretty good value wouldn't you?