Category Archives: welfare benefits

Lords Debate Low Commission Report

Lord Low, the chair of the Low Commission initiated a short debate in the House of Lords last Tuesday (25th February) on the Commission’s report which was published in January.     Opening the debate Lord Low said that the …

Law Centre for young people closes

Date: 3rd September 2013 Categories:

LAG has learnt that Streetwise Community Law Centre® based in the London borough of Bromley has decided to close due to funding problems.   The Law Centre specialised in social welfare law, providing a London-wide service for young people aged …

Government legal aid defeat in Lords

Date: 11th December 2012 Categories:

  Last week, members of the House of Lords delivered a rare defeat to the government on secondary legislation to implement the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012.   The government had proposed that a First-tier Tribunal …

Clarke plays hardball with Lords

Despite huge opposition to parts of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (known as the Legal Aid Bill) from crossbench and opposition peers, the Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has decided to reject most of the 11 amendments …

Government loses crucial votes in Lords on legal aid

Peers in the House of Lords inflicted a number of significant defeats on the government this week over its proposals for legal aid. They were debating the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which has reached the report …

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 …

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, …

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