Social security and social welfare: barriers and retrograde policies, but cause for optimism?

Paz-Fuchs, Amir (2015) Social security and social welfare: barriers and retrograde policies, but cause for optimism? Recht der Werkelijkheid (3). pp. 140-156. ISSN 1380-6424)

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Abstract

This article addresses the limits placed on access to justice in the context of social services, with a particular, but not exclusive, focus on the United Kingdom, across five central platforms: legal representation, the financial barriers, the structure of the programme, the attitude of the bureaucracy and the personal attributes of the client. The article finds that there exist, for decades, problematic elements that constitute barriers to justice in this area: the means tested element in the programmes and the bureaucracy’s double role as provider of services and detector of fraud. But to them, in recent years, significant barriers were added: recent cuts in legal aid the imposition of tribunal fees in the UK are retrograde steps, reverting 40 years of impressive achievements in the field.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Access to justice; social security; social welfare; legal aid; tribunal fees; employment
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: K Law
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Depositing User: Amir Paz-Fuchs
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 15:16
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 10:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58954
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