YLAL has submitted evidence to the JCHR as part of their inquiry into the implications for access to justice of the Government's legal aid reforms. The submissions can be accessed via the link below.
There is a Parliamentary debate on the criminal legal aid reforms and price competitive tendering taking place at 0930 on 4 September 2013. We have prepared an updated briefing for this debate. Please do contact your MP, send them a copy of the briefing, and encourage them to attend.
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.
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The Government has laid new regulations under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012. The Regulations introduce the new procedure that decision-makers will need to follow when granting legal aid to clients. We are very concerned in particular about two key issues.
The Government has laid new regulations under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012, which will be debated in the House of Commons on 29 November and in the House of Lords on 3 December 2012. The Regulations introduce the new merits criteria (which will replace the current funding code) and also amend Schedule 1 of LASPO to deal with the provision of legal aid for welfare benefits work.
We are very concerned in particular about two key issues.
The legal aid bill has now left the Lords. It will be back in the House of Commons this coming Tuesday (17th April). There are only a few days left to save legal aid and we need you more than ever!
The second reading of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will take place in the House of Commons on 29th June 2011. Please ask your MP to attend. Their contact details can be found here.
YLAL have prepared a briefing for members to send to their MPs. This can be downloaded here.