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Gender Gaps in Access to Civil Legal Justice

14 Jun 2023

A new report from the Women’s Budget Group – Gender Gaps in Access to Civil Legal Justice – highlights that women are disproportionately affected by lack of Legal Aid.

The report, based on results of a survey, and funded by the Community Justice Fund, highlights that:


  • 85% of respondents said vulnerable women are unable to access civil legal aid and 77% said a major consequence of the legal aid changes is ‘women reaching crisis point or problems escalating’ before they receive any legal help or advice.

  • The most widespread employment law issue women seek help with is pregnancy/maternity discrimination.

  • 48% of respondents reported domestic violence as a key issue.

  • Stakeholders highlighted the “double whammy” disproportionately impacting women: the reduced scope of what is covered by legal aid and the reduced amount of legal aid available.

The full report is available to download here:

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