The House of Commons will debate the Government's recent proposals to "reform" legal aid on Thursday 27 June 2013 (see this page for background to the Transforming Legal Aid consultation). The debate has been secured by Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather and Labour MP David Lammy.
YLAL has sent in our response to the latest Government proposals to "reform" the legal aid system. The full response can be accessed here. Read about the background to the proposals here. Thank you to all our members who contributed to our response.
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.