Following the result of yesterday's referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union, we would like to make the following statement.
Law Centres exist to help people in disadvantage access justice: to understand and exercise their rights and to seek redress, regardless of their means. Our work reminds us daily just how widespread poverty and disadvantage are in the UK. We are concerned that the economic instability in this period of transition would worsen them.
In the months and years to come, Law Centres will redouble their efforts to assist people in need. This will be a momentous challenge: as the Minister for Civil Society himself has acknowledged, need for charitable services would grow and funding for them would tighten, not least through the loss of EU funding sources.
We call on government, local authorities, the legal professions and charitable funders to make more resources available for helping the most vulnerable in our society through the coming period of rapid change. Throughout this period and beyond, the rule of law and the public's faith in it must be maintained. We will be doing our bit by ensuring that those in greatest need are not left behind.