A Citizens Advice Bureau claims new legal aid changes are creating a gap in the justice system.
It says victims of domestic violence, exploited employees and those wronged by government or local authority decisions will find it harder to get legal aid and the justice they deserve.
The Flintshire bureau is concerned domestic violence victims going through divorce proceedings are being denied access to their children and people challenging unfair work practices through a tribunal are struggling to get the expert legal aid they are entitled to.
It claims people are missing out simply because they cannot afford to pay for legal representation or the evidence required to apply for it.
Julie Griffiths, operations manager of the Flintshire bureau, said: “The Government’s decision to tackle the economic deficit by reducing legal aid, especially restricting funding for judicial review, will create a democratic deficit.
“Ordinary people in Flintshire and the rest of the UK are being left exposed to expensive court costs, debt and injustice.
“Employees trying to tackle illegal practices in the workplace now face a double injustice – a combination of the removal of legal aid and fees of up to £1,200 to have their case heard at a tribunal.
“Making it harder for people to hold employers, local authorities or Government to account undermines the fundamental basis of UK law.
“People are being denied the advice and justice they deserve so abandon pursuing a case if they can’t afford it, or are forced to represent themselves without adequate legal advice.”
But despite legal aid cuts, Flintshire Bureau staff are working hard to try to make sure people do not fall through the cracks.
Having written to MPs David Hanson (Delyn) and Mark Tami (Alyn and Deeside), Mrs Griffiths said: “We are calling on the MPs to ask Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to consider findings in the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ report, as well as new consultation responses and evidence from his officials, when examining the potential impact of his legal aid changes.
“Having seen the impact changes to legal aid are already having in Flintshire, I am concerned existing and proposed Government policy changes will have a seriously detrimental impact on people entitled to legal aid advice, so risks cutting a black hole in the social safety net.”
For details about Flintshire CAB, visit www.flintshirecab.org.uk