Category Archives: advice services

Access to justice and the general election

Date: 10th May 2017 Categories:

      Well, we are in the middle of a general election campaign that no one predicted. It seems a combination of a commanding lead in the opinion polls and a brighter than expected economic outlook meant Theresa May …

Post LASPO decline in civil legal aid continues

    Since the implementation of the LASPO*  cuts in April 2013 the number of civil legal aid cases has reduced by two-thirds. Figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last month show a continuing decline in the take-up …

Justice in freefall

Date: 19th December 2016 Categories:

  LAG ends the year with a new report analysing the Ministry of Justice’s legal aid statistics and other evidence to identify the key trends in the legal aid market since the passage and implementation of LASPO (the Legal Aid, …

To fee or not to fee?

Date: 28th November 2016 Categories:

The Ministry of Justice’s abandonment of the new fee system for immigration appeals is a welcome climb-down, but we should be wary of assuming that increased fees are now ‘off the table.’ Whilst not a new policy, when Conservative Ministers …

Cuts which hurt – Amnesty International weigh in..

Date: 11th October 2016 Categories:

  We of course tend to think of Amnesty International in terms of their work on the global stage for human rights, especially reporting on countries with poor penal systems and oppressed civil societies. But their report on the impact …

Legal education and health at the Conservative Conference

Date: 4th October 2016 Categories:

Dominic Grieve, the former Attorney General, called for a national Public Legal Education Program at a fringe meeting last night at the Conservative party conference.   Grieve was speaking at a meeting on the theme “Your Legal Health”, which was …

More justice reforms in the post LASPO age

    Ministry of Justice scrutineers have a lot of reading to do as on September 15th no less than 15 substantial documents have been published on the same day including:-   ●  A detailed consultation on tribunals and courts …

And then there were none!

We used to warn about “advice deserts” and illustrate this by pointing to the dwindling numbers of civil legal aid suppliers left in some areas of the country and in some areas of law. As legal aid suppliers have consolidated …

Winding down,not giving up

Date: 15th April 2016 Categories:

  The Low Commission was established by LAG in 2013 with the aim to prepare a report and recommendations on Social Welfare Law in the aftermath of the LASPO Act and the cuts to advice services.  At the time I worked for …

Action needed on advice deserts

Date: 23rd December 2015 Categories:

Pinning down precisely how many not for profit (NfP) legal advice centres there are and what they do is a difficult exercise. This is due to the eclectic mix providers and lack of overall planning in the sector. A survey …

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