Families of Manchester terror victims ‘must declare valuables’ to get legal aid

Relatives of the 22 people killed in the bombing of Manchester Arena who are applying for legal aid for representation at the upcoming inquest are required to declare their “valuable possessions” that could be sold to help cover costs in a 17-page questionnaire, reports Jamie Doward for the Guardian. After undergoing all this, the applications can still be rejected.

Ministry of Justice records from 2017 say that £4.2m was spent to represent prison officers at inquests. Relatives of victims received only £92,000 from the Ministry.

A campaign is underway to make representation for victims’ families mandatory.

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