On 9 April 2013 the Ministry of Justice issued a consultation paper entitled ‘Transforming Legal Aid’. The deadline to respond is 4 June 2013.
The consultation paper announces a further round of cuts to legal aid, following closely in the wake of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) which came into force on 1 April 2013.
The next meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid will be held next Wednesday (20 March 2013) in Committee Room 9 at the House of Commons, from 4pm to 5.30pm. The subject of the meeting will be competitive tendering (BVT) for criminal legal aid contracts.