Some of you may wonder what happens now that the responses to the Ministry of Justice consultations have been made and the overwhelmingly well attended 'march for the alternative' has taken place in London last Saturday. Well the long and short of it is the campaign goes on; it's gaining momentum every day as more and more people realise that the effect of axing funding is going to have on advice agencies; - it's plain to see how this is going to seriously dent the government's plans to create a 'big society'. It was good to hear Ed Milliband give CAB and other community agencies a mention when speaking to thousands of people in Hyde Park last Saturday.
Many of us are all working hard at all kinds of levels behind the scenes. Justice for All and the Sound off for Justice campaigns have gained a lot of attention, but people still need to be pressing their MP's and local councilors. We are still in need for really good stories on Mylegal and Ilegal is a mine of information on that is happening. Evidence has been called for 'powerful' case studies which illustrate how good advice can save the state money and help the vulnerable.
So please have a think about doing what you - anything is better than nothing. It's a very close call now as to whether these reforms will go ahead in the way they were originally proposed. Just a handful of MP's could make all the difference which is why we should all be leaning on them to ensure it sways our way; - on the side of justice.