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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lord Bach to look at proposals for refoming legal aid

This should throw the proverbial cat among the pigeons...

Lord Bach to look at proposals for reforming legal aid

Labour is to take the fight to the Tories over legal aid and access to justice issues, announcing it is to undertake an immediate review into legal aid, headed by the party's former shadow attorney general, Lord Willy Bach.



'This review will allow the issues to be debated and attention to be drawn to the disproportionate impact that the lack of help and advice available is having on the poorest and most vulnerable in our society,' remarked Labour's shadow Lord Chancellor and justice secretary, Lord Falconer.

Responding to his appointment, Lord Bach commented: 'Access to legal help and representation is a cornerstone of the rule of law and the mark of a decent society, but the government's reforms have left too many people unable to enforce their rights. I look forward to working with colleagues, members of legal profession, and those affected by the cuts to address this crucial issue.'

The new Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said the government's assault on legal aid had 'resulted in many of our fellow citizens, often the poor and marginalised, not being able to get advice or representation when they are faced with legal problems such as housing, welfare benefits, debt, and employment.

'Even though it is clear that the consequences of Part One of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) are disastrous, the government refuses to review the way in which the Act is working,' he added.

Corbyn continued: 'Willy Bach, who is a member of the shadow justice team, will also, as a part of the review, look at policy choices for Labour, so that Britain can once again have the prospect of a legal aid system worthy of our country and our legal tradition.'

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http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/news/crime/funding-legal-aid/23994/labour-launches-immediate-review-legal-aid



John van der Luit-Drummond is deputy editor for Solicitors Journal
john.vanderluit@solicitorsjournal.co.uk | @JvdLD




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