Yearly Archives: 2011

Wide support for amendments to the legal aid bill

Date: 16th December 2011 Categories:

Today is the last day for peers to submit amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill. The LASPO Bill is due for its first day in the committee stage in the House of Lords next …

The value of justice

Date: 7th December 2011 Categories:

District Judge Nicholas Crichton takes exception to the recently announced £41m increase in the cost of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics. It is difficult not to agree with him, however much you might be looking forward to …

Legal aid cuts delayed

Date: 1st December 2011 Categories:

Lord Chancellor Kenneth Clarke today put back the implementation of the legal aid cuts from October 2012 to April 2013. LAG welcomes this news. It at least delays the end of legal advice for thousands of people with common civil …

Advice fund opens today

Date: 28th November 2011 Categories:

The Cabinet Office has advised LAG that the advice fund will be open for applications from 12 noon today. Applications can be made on the Big Lottery Fund website at: http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_advice_services_fund   LAG understands that the application process should take …

Legal aid bill concession?

Date: 25th November 2011 Categories:

The Daily Mirror ran a story yesterday (24 November) saying that Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke had decided to allow legal aid in clinical negligence cases. LAG checked with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and it confirmed that …

Details of advice fund announced

Date: 21st November 2011 Categories:

LAG has been advised by the Cabinet Office that the £20m fund to assist not for profit (NFP) agencies hit by spending cuts will be officially launched today (Monday 21November).   The fund will be aimed at frontline NFP advice …

Constitution Committee critical of legal aid bill

Date: 18th November 2011 Categories:

An influential committee in the House of Lords has highlighted three sections of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (‘the Legal Aid Bill’) which it believes should be redrafted.   The House of Lords Constitution Committee reviews …

Legal aid bill second reading

Date: 17th November 2011 Categories:

To coincide with the second reading of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (‘the Legal Aid Bill’) in the House of Lords on Monday 21 November LAG is publishing revised figures on the impact of the cuts. …

New report on impact of legal aid cuts on disabled people

Date: 14th November 2011 Categories:

LAG commissioned the disability charity Scope to research the impact of the proposed cuts in legal aid on benefits advice for disabled people. The report, ‘Legal aid in welfare: the tool we can’t afford to lose’, which is published today, …

Legal aid bill mini rebellion

Date: 4th November 2011 Categories:

It was very much a case of one cheer only this week for the mini rebellion which was staged by Liberal Democrat backbenchers against the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (the ‘Legal Aid Bill’). However, the fact …

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