Economic benefits of advice

In their report published this week, Professor Graham Cookson, an economist, and his fellow academic Dr Freda Mold, review the evidence on the economic benefits of advice in social welfare law matters. They conclude that,“legal aid not only pays for …

Legal aid residence test- what next?

Date: 15th July 2014 Categories:

Access to justice campaigners have been celebrating the Divisional Court’s judgement released today that declared the legal aid residence test as being “unauthorised, discriminatory and impossible to justify.” It seems likely that the government will appeal the decision, but LAG argues …

MoJ deny underspend

  Figures published in LAG’s newsblog which show an underspend of £117m by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) are being hotly contested by the Ministry of Justice’s press office. They argue that LAG’s figures are “factually incorrect” and assert that …

Underspend in legal aid revealed

Date: 8th July 2014 Categories:

New figures reveal that the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) is underspending on its budget for legal aid. LAG argues that this gives the government the opportunity to restore services to assist the public with everyday civil legal problems.   The figures …

An unfair barrier to justice

Earlier this week the Joint Committee on Human Rights published its report, Legal aid: children and the residence test .The report concludes that the legal aid residence test when applied to cases involving children will lead to breaches of the …

Moral certainties and phone hacking

Date: 26th June 2014 Categories:

The trial of the News of the World employees accused of hacking phones has dominated the headlines in recent days. The prime minister on Tuesday this week rushed to make a public apology for employing Andy Coulson as his chief …

Decline in Employment Tribunal claims continues

Date: 13th June 2014 Categories:

Figures published by the Ministry of Justice yesterday show a 59% drop in the overall number of employment tribunal (ET) claims. LAG believes this fall in people seeking justice over disputes in the work place can be mainly attributed to the …

LALY Winners

  Over four hundred legal aid lawyers attended the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards in central London last night. This was the twelfth year of the LALYS and the awards celebrate the work of legal aid lawyers.   …

More Irish than Venezuelan

Date: 20th May 2014 Categories:

  Ed Milliband, the leader of the Labour Party, has made announcements on reforms to offer more protection to tenants. He was accused by the chairman of the Conservative party, Grant Shapps, of wanting to introduce “Venezuelan-style rent controls.” Milliband’s …

Civil legal aid declines in a time of need

Date: 9th May 2014 Categories:

  Figures released today by LAG reveal a decline in the take-up of civil legal aid. Despite evidence of continuing need, LAG fears that either by accident or design the government seems to be presiding over a potentially fatal decline …

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