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Legal Aid refusals for PSPO cases to be challenged

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Legal Aid refusals for PSPO cases to be challenged 24th October 2018

A legal challenge will be brought challenging the Legal Aid Agency’s position not to grant legal aid for PSPO cases.

Human rights organisation Liberty has launched the legal challenge saying: “The Legal Aid Agency will not provide financial assistance to challenge PSPOs even if they disproportionately and unjustifiably affect the poorest in society – insisting concerned locals are not directly affected by an Order and that the Agency has not been empowered by the Government to fund Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) cases.

“The Agency’s position makes it near-impossible for homeless people cruelly targeted by PSPOs to enforce their basic human rights.”

Liberty highlighted the case of a Poole resident it represented, who sought to challenge the introduction of a PSPO by her borough council in June 2018. The case was put on hold when the Legal Aid Agency refused to assist.

Reporting on the story, the Local Government Lawyer website said that the Legal Aid Agency said to the person above that there was no benefit to their client’s case and insisted any litigation could be financed by crowdfunding instead.

PSPOs can be used to stop a range of activities and have been used to outlaw the consumption of alcohol in certain areas and do the same of busking for example.

Source: Local Government Lawyer

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