With the last few grains trickling through the hourglass on Legal Aid, Liberal Democrat President Tim Farron will put himself at loggerheads with Nick Clegg this evening — having tabled an amendment opposing plans to deny Legal Aid from disabled people and others on low incomes.
Last year, thousands of disabled people were helped by legal aid advisers to overturn inaccurate benefits decisions that had left them struggling without the means to live.
Farron’s rebel amendment seeks to protect:
Civil legal services provided in relation to any review or appeal concerning a benefit, allowance, payment, credit or pension under —
(a) the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992,
(b) the Jobseekers Act 1995,
(c) the State Pension Credit Act 2002,
(d) the Tax Credits Act 2002,
(e) the Welfare Reform Act 2007,
(f) the Welfare Reform Act 2011, or
(g) any other enactment relating to social security.’.
Another line of the “Farron 4 Leader” leaflet will have been penned by midnight.