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The government has admitted that legal aid for disability benefits cases has plummeted by 99% since George Osborne imposed massive cuts on the legal aid system in 2013.

The figures show that in 2011-2012 there were 29,801 cases in which claimants got legal help in connection with disability benefits.

However, in the period 2016-2017, this had plummeted to just 308 cases.

Claimants who get as far as a tribunal have continued to win in the vast majority of cases even without legal help.

However, there is no doubt that many sick and disabled claimants have to give up before ever getting to a hearing because of the effect on their health of the stress and huge amount of work involved in preparing a case.

Others win, but at enormous personal costs in terms of physical and emotional wellbeing.

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