Keeping Watch on the Purse Strings

Dealing recently with a case where a publicly mother ordered to make a child available for contact but who had concerns about its continuation was refused public funding to make an application to vary until such time as the father had applied to enforce. How can that be a) in the interests of the child, causing delay and acrimony as it does b) reasonable bearing in mind the fact that it would potentially place the parent at increased risk of committal or community punishment if breach is proved on enforcement c) economically sensible given that a prompt application is much more likely to nip a problem in the bud? This case related to an order which preceded the automatic imposition of a warning notice, but I very much hope was an isolated example of LSC decision making.

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