On 3rd June, Coventry Law Centre joined the national day of action organised by Justice for All against the cuts to Legal Aid.
A 200 strong group of our supporters gathered in Broadgate to join a march from there to Coventry Law Centre offices.
The march was led by Lord Bach, Shadow Minister for Legal Aid, Jim Cunningham MP and Lady Godiva.
The national day of action was reported in The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2011/jun/03/legal-aid-cuts-protesters-demand-justice
An article about the march was published in the Coventry Telegraph http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2011/06/06/silent-protest-march-over-legal-aid-cuts-in-coventry-92746-28827794/
Click on the link below to follow Les Reid's blog about funding cuts in the Coventry Telegraph http://blogs.coventrytelegraph.net/talkingpolitics/2011/06/no-justice-for-people-in-crisi.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CoventryTelegraph-TalkingPolitics+%28Coventry+Telegraph+-+Talking+Politics%29
After the march, a film showing the work of Coventry Law Centre and the potential impact of the proposed cuts was shown.
Video can also be viewed on YouTube if you do not have Flash Player http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rpOX10itk8.
We were joined by Geoffrey Robinson MP and speeches were made by Lord Bach Ė who said opposition to these cuts was not a political issue, it was a moral issue. He also said that the cuts make no economic sense as there is significant evidence that early intervention with expert, legally based advice saves money. Geoffrey Robinson MP and Jim Cunningham MP both expressed support for access to free legal advice and pledged to oppose the bill line by line as it goes through Parliament.
Cllr Phil Townsend said the cuts would do irreparable damage and many voluntary sector specialist advice agencies would not survive them. He said that Coventry is a big city but a small community and Coventry Law Centre is an integral part of that community.