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!
“Nowhere else to turn: The impact of legal aid cuts on MPs’ ability to help their constituents”
A report setting out the findings of a study by the Young Legal Aid Lawyers, investigating the effect of the legal aid cuts on the ability of MPs to help their constituents (download from below). To be launched in Parliament at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid at 1330 on 14th March 2012.
Carita Thomas has written "Vulnerable Children will lose access to justice with cuts to legal aid" for the website of the Quakers Asylum and Refugee Network
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has proposed scrapping the minimum salary for trainee solicitors. Young Legal Aid Lawyers is deeply concerned about the proposal and how it will impact on access to and social mobility within the profession.
Unequal before the law publishes the findings of an independent Commission of Inquiry into legal aid, organised by the Young Legal Aid Lawyers and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. The Commission was led by Diana Holland, assistant general secretary of the trade union Unite, Evan Harris, former Liberal Democrat MP and the Reverend Professor Nicholas Sagovsky, until recently the canon of Westminster Abbey: three non-partisan and independent-minded experts, each with a long track record of promoting social justice in their communities.
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.
Between July and August 2011 the Government carried out an extremely limited consultation on cutting the fees which are paid to Law Firms and Not for Profits for carrying out legal aid work. The consultation ended on 10th August 2011.