Category Archives: LAG

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 …

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 …

Follow-up Low Commission report launched

      The Low Commission launched its follow-up report, Getting it right or getting it wrong, at an event in the House of Commons yesterday.   Speakers from the three main political parties spoke in support of the Commission’s …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Politicians Welcome Low Commission investigation into social welfare law deficit

Date: 15th January 2014 Categories:

Senior politicians from both sides praised the work of the Low Commission, which has published a report calling for a fresh approach to social welfare law provision, following a 12-month inquiry.   Speaking at the Westminster launch of the report …

Low Commission Report Published

The independent commission established by LAG and led by the cross-bench peer Lord Low has published its report today, 9th January. The Commission is calling for urgent reforms to ensure ordinary people can get the help they need to deal …

Human Rights Committee Slams Government Proposals

Date: 13th December 2013 Categories:

An influential parliamentary committee has criticised the government’s proposals on legal aid.   In a report published today, the Joint Committee on Human Rights calls for the proposed residence test for legal aid to be introduced by primary legislation, so …

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