“Surprised Brits” hit by laws aimed at illegal migrants

Date: 16th October 2014 Categories:

A new report, Chasing Status, published today by LAG tells the hidden stories of long-standing UK migrants, who now discover they have irregular immigration status, because of lost passports or poor government record-keeping.   The six oldest interviewees in Chasing …

Grayling might risk further judicial review

Date: 14th October 2014 Categories:

A consultation process forced on the government by the loss of a judicial review on the proposed tendering system for criminal legal aid duty contracts ends tomorrow (15th October 2014). LAG argues that the Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, can ill …

Grayling makes his move

Date: 25th September 2014 Categories:

In response to the judgement in the criminal legal aid judicial review  last week, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced a consultation on the Otterburn and KMPG reports. This will be open for three weeks and will end on 15th …

Judicial review pontoon

Date: 19th September 2014 Categories:

      It’s been a very bad day for the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling and a good day for justice, as the government has suffered defeats in two judicial review cases on legal aid.     The first case, …

Making access to justice a priority

Date: 3rd September 2014 Categories:

  This morning the new parliamentary term for the legal aid and advice lobby kicked off with a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid. Parliamentarians at the meeting reflected on the problems caused by the legal …

Changing the story on legal aid

  Today (30th July) marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the modern legal aid system. It was on 30th July 1949 that the Legal Aid and Advice Bill received Royal assent. To coincide with the anniversary, LAG is …

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 …

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