The campaign against cuts to legal aid has made incredible progress. Now is the time for more pressure than ever before.
YLAL is supporting public events on 30 July, as part of a national day of action against the cuts. This will be the anniversary of the date when the law creating the modern legal aid system, the Legal Advice and Assistance Act 1949, gained Royal Assent.
Flyers for both events and more details are below.
The Government is woefully out of step with public opinion on the right to free legal advice say campaigners.
An online petition calling for a halt to radical new plans to cut legal aid has reached 100,000 signatures. This matter should now be debated in parliament. The Government is still considering responses to a consultation on the issue but has signalled its intention to bring in legislation to implement the cuts in Autumn 2013.
Carita Thomas, from campaigning group, Young Legal Aid Lawyers said:
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.