Review of cuts imposed in 2013 suggest savings may simply have shifted costs elsewhere

More face-to-face advice will be provided for social welfare claimants and around £6.5m extra spent supporting legal aid services, the Ministry of Justice has announced.

An official review of the swingeing legal aid cuts imposed in 2013 by the coalition government proposes restoring help to a few areas involving children but admits the savings may simply have shifted costs to other departments.

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

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