Responding to Lord Neuberger's claims about legal aid cuts, Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said:
"Legal aid cuts mean over half a million people in need of in-depth debt, benefits, family, housing and employment advice will be denied the help and justice they need.
There will be a justice gap between those who can afford to pay for legal advice and those who can’t. The poorest will be unable to challenge bad decisions about benefits, unfair dismissal at work and struggle to manage any debts they might have.
"Legal aid benefits advice helps the most vulnerable people secure the income they are entitled to by law, which puts food on their table and allows them to heat their homes.
"By nipping problems in the bud before they escalate and spiral out of control, Citizen Advice Bureau volunteers help to keep people out of court and facing costly legal proceedings. Legal aid cuts threaten this, introducing additional pressures for staff, new costs for clients and new costs to the taxpayer.
"The Government's expected £350m savings will be a drop in the ocean compared to the cost these cuts will have on people's lives."