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Marjorie Mayo, Gerald Koessl, Matthew Scott, and Imogen Slater

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447311027

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447311027.001.0001

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Access to justice for disadvantaged communities: value and values

Access to justice for disadvantaged communities: value and values

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Access to justice for disadvantaged communities

Marjorie Mayo

Gerald Koessl

Matthew Scott

Imogen Slater

Policy Press

The concluding chapter returns to the underlying issues of social justice, social citizenship and social welfare. Access to justice, social citizenship and social welfare need to be supported with public resources, representing core values for a democratic state. Meanwhile Law Centres face continuing challenges and dilemmas with increasing marketization and public expenditure cuts in the context of austerity. These dilemmas have resonance across the provision of welfare services. What then should be the limits to the role of the market? How can alternative strategies be developed to safeguard and improve public services in ways that strengthen rather than undermine the basic values of public service provision? And most importantly how can such strategies strengthen the position of those who need, as well as those who provide, public services, empowering communities to work more effectively with progressive organisations and groups in the wider pursuit of social justice agendas?

Keywords:   marketization, austerity, social justice, social citizenship, social welfare, justice for all

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