Government responds to Constitutional Affairs Committee Report: Whitehall whitewash?

The Ministry of Justice has today responded to the Constitutional Affairs Committee highly critical report on the implementation of the changes to legal aid. Unfortunately, the government’s response, along with its press release, appears to focus on the narrow fact that the Committee accepted a move in principle to fixed fees. However, the Committee’s chairman Rt Hon Alan Beith MP, said:

“The Government still failed to recognise the fundamental flaws in its proposals for legal aid reform.

There is widespread concern at these proposals, not only in the legal profession, but also in the Not for Profit sector, which is reflected in the House of Commons.

I will be seeking to ensure that Parliament will debate these issues and the Government’s response as soon as possible.”

Read the Government press release here

Read the report in full here

Read the LAPG’s press release

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