'Crisis' in asylum seeker legal aid

Legal advice to asylum seekers provided by the voluntary sector is facing "potential meltdown", according to an Asylum Aid dossier to be published next month.

The charity claims that many advisers "have simply given up" because of restrictions on legal aid for asylum seekers introduced by the Government in April last year.

Caseworkers must convince the Legal Services Commission that a case is of "sufficient merit" if they want to secure legal aid for more than seven hours work.

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