Tagged with legal aid

LASPO… what next?

The biggest step that the government took to reduce the legal aid spend was the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012, which intended to cut legal aid in areas of law such as family, social welfare, housing, employment and more. Despite a large opposition, this Act came into force on 1st … Continue reading

Article: Save Legal Aid

For over 60 years legal has given people access to justice who otherwise couldn’t afford it. New government plans threaten this vital human right, says Gemma Blythe. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Justice put forward its plans to reform legal aid. The Government held a consultation period, running from April to June, and received … Continue reading

Rally for Legal Aid – 30th July 2013

Justice Alliance is an alliance of people and groups united in opposition to the government’s proposed attack on legal aid and the criminal justice system. Justice Alliance have organised a rally for Legal Aid, to celebrate its 64th anniversary on 30th July 2013. There are two rallies. One at The Old Bailey in London, an … Continue reading

Question and Answer: ‘Transforming Legal Aid’

As Parliament is off on its summer holiday (lucky for some), I thought the time was appropriate to reflect on what some of you think about the Government’s proposed legal aid reform, ‘Transforming Legal Aid’. The purpose of this blog is to gain a perspective and clear vision of your views, and potential ideas for … Continue reading

The impact of legal aid cuts in Thanet and East Kent

Oliver Kirk interviewed by Julia George on BBC Radio Kent in relation to the government’s proposals to ‘transform’ legal aid, particularly in relation to Kent and Thanet. He says there are 35 practices across Kent who cover geographical areas as far apart as Sevenoaks, Dartford and Ramsgate. The Government proposes that all of those various … Continue reading