Jenny has praised the work of the Cardiff Personal Support Unit (PSU), which she visited with Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews this week.
The Personal Support Unit offers free support for people who need to use the civil court without legal representation. The Civil Court deals with everything from family breakdown, unfair dismissal, evictions and debt recovery. The service is led by trained volunteers, including post graduate law students training to be barristers or solicitors.
Jenny said “The legal aid cuts over the past five years by the Westminster Government have left some of the most vulnerable people without legal aid and access to justice. The PSU provides vital information to helping people navigate through a daunting legal process”
Nationally PSU has experienced an unprecedented growth in demand over the last seven years. It is on course to help 50,000 clients per year by April 2016, with an astonishing 900% rise in demand compared with the 5,000 people it helped in 2008.
Speaking about the visit, Leighton Andrews said “It was interesting to see the work of the Personal Support Unit. They do a great job working with the help of volunteers to support people going through the family and civil courts in Cardiff”
Jenny Rathbone added “I hope we can raise more money and recruit more volunteers to offer this service at other Welsh courts”
Pictured: Jenny Rathbone and Leighton Andrews with Mabel Thompson; Personal Support Unit Coordinator