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Justice committee criticises civil legal aid cuts


When examined by the House of Commons public accounts committee, leading civil servants at the Ministry of Justice admitted that they did not have the time to research the potential impact of cuts to legal aid included in LAPSO. Permanent Secretary Ursula Brennan confessed “The piece of evidence that was overwhelming was the level of spending. The evidence required was that government said we wish to cut the legal aid bill.”

Committee chair Margaret Hodge accused the department of ‘endemic failure’. “The thing that really distressed me is how you embarked on this with so little evidence,” she said. “When you were changing the rules you had no idea the impact it would have.” Read the full story

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Unlucky seven


The court of appeal has ruled that exceptional legal aid funding should be made available for those fighting deportation in difficult immigration cases..

There has been widespread criticism of the way in which the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) resists providing support despite explicit legal provision in the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (Laspo) for funding in “exceptional cases.”
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Privatising Probation and the poisoned pill


In April 2012 Ken Clarke, then justice secretary, announced a consultation on proposals to improve the Probation Service. In January 2013, in a rapid acceleration of Clarke’s plans, his successor Chris Grayling proposed significant reforms to tackling re-offending and managing offenders in the community. He introduced a consultation paper entitled ‘Transforming Rehabilitation.’ His proposals included opening the majority of probation services to competition, Read the full story

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