03 JUN 2011

Justice for All

I am grateful to Nick Dilworth from the Citizens Advice Bureau for organising the Justice for All event at Follaton House to discuss the impact of changes to the funding of legal aid. Legal Aid was introduced in 1949 and has been a very important way for those on low incomes to access justice. Unfortunately the cost of legal aid has spiralled from around half a million pounds in 1982 to over £2 billion. Current proposals for reductions will affect an estimated half million cases and will also have an impact on the funding of our vital citizens advice bureau. I do accept that we need to look further at the impact of these proposals.

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