YLAL News

Meet the Minister

On 15 January 2014 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid met to discuss the cuts to legal aid with Shailesh Vara MP, new Parliamentary Under-Secretary for State and Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid.

Report by Adam Cooper, YLAL member

Sign up to save legal aid

Please sign this new petition launched by Joanna Lumley and the Justice Alliance to save legal aid. The petition asks the Government:

View from the gravy train

A View From the Gravy Train is a new blog showcasing anonymous “a day in the life” stories submitted by legal aid lawyers. The purpose is to dispel the myth that legal aid lawyers are getting fat off legal aid.
 

Low Commission

Young Legal Aid Lawyers welcomes the publication of ‘Tackling the Advice Deficit’, a report produced by the Low Commission, which is calling for urgent reforms to ensure ordinary people can get the help they need to deal with employment, debt, housing and other social welfare law problems. The report, which was brought about in response to  widespread concern about the impact caused by the cuts to legal aid, looks at the effect of cuts in funding for social welfare law advice.

Download our mythbuster

We have produced a new mythbuster to counter Government spin about legal aid. Please download the attachment below and share widely.

You can also find the leaflet here:

http://justiceallianceuk.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/mythbuster1.pdf

 

Cuts - where are we now?

YLAL has produced a one-page updating guide to show where we are now with the current round of proposed legal aid cuts. You can download the leaflet below. Please distribute amongst work colleagues and friends and send to your MP to let them know that the recent Government announcement does not go far enough to save UK justice.

Demo 6th Jan

We hope you will join us for some new year’s action at a demo on Monday 6th January to protest about cuts to legal aid. This coincides with the morning of action against the cuts organised by the Criminal Bar Association. More about this here.

Demo time:                9.30-10.30 am

Demo venue:             Westminster Magistrates Court (181 Marylebone Road, NW1)

Nearest Tube:            Edgware Road

Speakers include:

Law Society SGM

The Law Society is holding a special general meeting (SGM) on Tuesday 17 December 2013 at 10.30 am.

The meeting was called to consider a motion of no confidence in the Law Society's leadership after 118 criminal defence lawyers questioned their actions to influence Government policy on cuts to criminal legal aid.

Strike - 6 Jan 2014

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has organised a morning of action to take place on 6 January 2013 in protest against the Government's cuts to criminal legal aid. The CBA has said:

YLAL Dec meeting - venue change

Our next London meeting will take place on Wednesday 11 December 2013 from 6:30pm at Garden Court Chambers, London and not at Doughty Street as normal  Everyone is welcome to attend - there is no need to reserve a space for the meeting.

Details of how to find Garden Court can be found here.

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