RAD Deaf Law Centre, based in Newport in Wales, has announced that it is to close following the loss of vital legal aid funding. The reduction in the Law Centre's income has led manager and supervising solicitor Rob Wilks to recommend its closure, which has been confirmed for the end of February.
The Law Centre was established two years ago and has developed some innovative services for the Deaf community, specifically for clients whose first language is BSL. The Law Centre also developed a Deaf Law Quality Mark, which RAD will continue to assess.
Law Centres Network director Julie Bishop said:
"RAD Deaf Law Centre was a welcome addition to our network and has done some fantastic work during its short existence, for a client group whose needs are often misunderstood. It has now become a victim of government's savage cuts to civil legal aid. Its closure is not just a step back for access to justice but a step back for equal rights and opportunities in the UK."