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Public service cuts

Leigh Day & Co is determined to protect essential public services at threat from the major cuts to public expenditure. Public services provide support and perform an important role in the lives of many people. These individuals and groups can be disproportionately affected by reductions to public services.

Whatever their financial constraints, public bodies must act on their duties and must respect the rights of individual citizens to the extent demanded by law.

Our expertise

We represent individuals, charities and campaign groups challenging public service cuts. We contest the decisions, policies and practices of public bodies in a wide range of fields, from benefits, to libraries and children’s centre closures.

We have vast expertise in the law these cases require: human rights law, public and administrative law and health and social care matters. We are recognised as one of the best teams in this specialist area and many of our lawyers are leaders in their fields.

We are determined to provide access to justice for all, irrespective of resources. We have a contract with the Legal Services Commission to provide legal services to individuals in public law, and we have experience of investigating other means to cover the costs risk for you. For more information on funding please go to our funding pages.


Key Facts

  • About 330,000 public sector jobs are likely to be lost
  • There is an average 19% cut in central government budgets over four years
  • 28% will be cut from local authority budgets from 2011 – 2015 (£16.4bn)
  • £18bn will be cut from the annual welfare budget (including housing, disability and child benefit)
  • The King’s Fund estimates £1.2bn (7%) will be cut from social care spending.  

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