Professionals and justice organisations say moves to restore help are insufficient

Government promises to improve early advice for social welfare claimants and spend an extra £6.5m are a “drop in the ocean” compared to the deep cuts imposed on legal aid spending, lawyers and justice organisations have said.

Welcoming the Ministry of Justice’s limited move to restore help in a few areas involving children, charities and professionals said that austerity would continue to inflict severe damage on an already underfunded justice system.

Related: Lord McNally: ‘We had to cut legal aid. It’s not a bottomless pit’ | Owen Bowcott

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