US Legal Aid to take another funding cut

January 27, 2012 Legal Aid in the US is set to take yet another hit, as a bill passed last November to slash federal funding for civil legal assistance to the poor by about 14% — from $404.2 million to $348 million – comes into effect.

The legislation takes legal aid funding down to the lowest level since 2007, meaning that the ongoing layoffs and staff reductions in civil legal aid programs are likely to increase.

A survey conducted by Legal Services Corp – the body responsible for disbursing the funds, predicts that the industry will lose 1,226 full-time personnel compared with 2010 staffing levels.

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