Senate and Congress approve deep cuts to legal Aid in the US

November 22, 2011 The US is set to cut funding from Legal Services Corp, the nation’s largest funding source for civil legal aid to the poor, after the House and Senate agreed to slash the organisation’s budget by 14 per cent, taking it from the 2011 level $398.1 down to $348 million. The latest funding cuts continue a trend that started in 2010, when the LSC budget stood at $420 million.

The funding changes are not quite as dramatic as the 33% cut proposed by House appropriators, but it will certainly be felt at the 136 nonprofit legal aid organizations that rely on Legal Services Corp grants, and now face the necessity of making redundancies.

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