Is Legal Aid under threat?

The Government has announced its review of legal aid in a written ministerial statement to Parliament yesterday by Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke.
The Government has announced its review of legal aid in a written ministerial statement to Parliament yesterday by Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke.

The government will release a consultation paper in the autumn which will outline some options for reforming the system.

This follows Mr Clarke previously stating that the priority for the Government is to reduce the financial deficit.

In the budget this week the government outlined its policy for reducing the deficit which includes a 25% or more cut to expenditure in departments other than health, education and defence. For the Ministry of Justice a 25% reduction would mean around £2.25 billion would need to be found from a budget which has already been hit by 10% in spending cuts over the last three years.

The government’s room to manoeuvre is limited due their obligations under the Human Rights Act.

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