Legal aid news: May 2020

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from May 2020.

Legal aid funding during Covid-19: On 4 May 2020, the Ministry of Justice (‘MoJ’) announced new government funding of £5.4 million to support the legal advice sector during the pandemic. Law Centres have seen an increase in demand for advice on social welfare issues, so this funding is aimed at mitigating the increase in costs of providing remote services.

New rules threaten access to justice for asylum seekers and migrants

Take Action to Protect Access to Justice for Asylum Seekers and Migrants

New legal aid rules will decimate access to justice for asylum seekers and migrants. These rules must be stopped. Please support YLAL's campaign against these rules and ask your MP to support a fatal motion in Parliament. 

What is the issue?

YLAL member and Garden Court North pupil barrister Christian Weaver created this helpful explainer: 

Career Changer Scholarship announced by University of Law

The University of Law have announced that it is launching a Career Changer scholarship which will provide up to 10 full fee scholarships and 300 individual awards to support those whose job security has been impacted by COVID-19 and wish to re-train in law.

The scholarships will provide applicants with an opportunity to study a number of the University of Law's courses, including GDL or MA Law, LPC, BPC or LLM.

Entry criteria

Second YLAL COVID-19 Report

On 25 May 2020, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) published its second report on the impact of COVID-19 on its members’ professional lives. This report considers survey responses collected between 2 May 2020 and 13 May 2020. We received 104 responses from those practitioners who would be eligible to be YLAL members. This report provides an update on YLAL’s previous COVID-19 report, which was published on 7 April 2020.