02/07/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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said it had been bought by an anonymous bidder.

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Lawyers in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire say cuts to legal aid

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are having a severe effect on those least able to afford it. Last year

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the government stopped providing public funds for some types of

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cases, as part of a plan to save ?350 million a year. But opponents

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say the policy has left many on lower incomes having to represent

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themselves in court. Kate Sweeting reports.

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Cuts to legal aid have caused outrage amongst the legal

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many say it's the poorest families who are suffering the most.

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Carol has spent a year and thousands of pounds fighting through

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the courts to get her two grandson's out of care. Under the new rules,

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can't afford to fight for their children. I am only fighting for my

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grandsons. I have done nothing wrong.

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Legal aid uses public funds to pay for court cases. Cuts to civil legal

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aid came into effect in April 2013. Since then nearly all family law

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advice is exempt from legal aid, meaning people can no longer get

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funding for things like child contact.

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Hull Solicitor Sarah Clubley says she's seen dozens of families who

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can no longer get legal aid. They come in our office and it is a

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tragedy what is happening out there. In a statement the Ministry of

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Justice told us "Whilst we have had to address the

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cost of one of the most expensive legal aid systems in the world we

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have also made sure legal aid remains available for the cases

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where people most need legal help. This includes where life or liberty

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is at stake and where a person is at risk of serious physical harm.' But

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some maintain that the new system isn't working. Carol says

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she'll fight on. But as the legal bills mount up

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she risks losing not only them but also her home. It's about little

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Earlier I spoke to the Hull East MP Karl Turner who is

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I asked him if he agreed that legal aid bill had to come down.

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The efficiencies that have to be made. The government have ignored

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that. They are not saving any money at all worthless. A proceeding in

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the family court which would normally take an hour is taking a

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full day and kids are suffering as a result. Do you accept the greedy

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lawyers and barristers have got this in this situation? It is a complete

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fallacy that lawyers are earning fortunes. They are ending a huge

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amount of money. I suspect that the figures reflect monies paid for five

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or six years worked. When you are paid by the public purse, it takes a

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very long time to get the money end so the large amounts are probably

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over a few years. There is nothing to worry about because the

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government says people whose lives of liberty at stake will be covered.

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Only 1% has been paid in relation to those cases so it is just not

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working and they are not saving any money because proceedings are taking

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so much longer. Are you fighting for your legal friends are ordinary

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people? I am fighting for access to justice for people and I want

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parents and children to be represented in court. I do not mind

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admitting I want fairness of access to court.

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must make further savings worth ?90 million.

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It's already made ?125 million of cuts since 2009. Unions claim the

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latest savings could see 500 jobs go.

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Police have released CCTV footage of a woman who's missing in

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Lincolnshire. 60`year`old Diane Tytheridge from

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Bicker hasn't been seen since Wednesday morning. Police expanded

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their search area at the weekend after a review of CCTV showed Diane

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in the morning near the bus station in Boston.

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Hull is to receive more than ?3 million in arts funding.

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Venues like Hull Truck Theatre will get a share of the money from the

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Arts Council England. There's also cash for the city's Freedom Festival

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in the run up to the year as City of Culture.

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In whole two out of three organisations are getting investment

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which is extremely unusual. There could be a case for investment

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in flood defences along the Humber. That's according to one Government

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Minister. MPs from the area have been in

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Parliament lobbying for more to be spent on protecting communities

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after December's tidal surge. The work that they're doing, along

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with the technical advice that's being

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received, or the work that the local authorities are involved in, will

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make a very strong case for a long`term investment plan.

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By the end of the night, temperatures should be back in

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single figures. Temperatures will remain constant and the cloud will

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build but it will stay mainly drive. We will get up to 23 degrees or 24

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degrees. 23 degrees is 74 Fahrenheit. There might be the odd

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spot of rain on Friday and it will be Saturday before it slowly clears.

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more cloud on Friday. None of this survives into the weekend, some rain

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around on Saturday. It's certainly been a feast of

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football again. The

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