Legal Aid cuts to come under review

The government has announced its long-awaited review of LASPO (the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012).

The legal aid cuts were among the most controversial changes made by the government, forcing the Government to agree to the post-implementation analysis. The cuts removed advice and assistance from almost all social welfare cases including benefits, employment, housing (except homelessness), immigration (except asylum) and family (except in cases of domestic violence).

Announcing the review, Lidington said: “Our legal aid system is a fundamental pillar of access to justice, accounting for more than a fifth of the Ministry of Justice’s budget.