Monday, December 15, 2008

BC Study Reveals That Untreated Legal Problems Result In Increased Health and Social Costs

Ian Mulgrew's December 15th column in the Vancouver Sun is titled Legal problems plaguing poor -- but those getting help are usually satisfied

The column reports on a poll commissioned by Legal Services Society that discovered "four of five poor British Columbians have wrestled with a serious, difficult-to-resolve legal problem during the last three years", and that "legal problems have a serious impact on a person's physical and emotional health which, in turn, has a significant impact on health care and social service programs."

The full poll report may be seen at the LSS Service and Program Evaluations page [scroll down to Legal Aid]. The report also lists key sources of non-legal and legal assistance. Unfortunately, public libraries were not listed as a category for non-legal assistance.

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