ministry of injustice

JusticeWatch: Another LASPO U-turn

Posted by - 13th July 2018

Another LASPO U-turn Legal aid for vulnerable migrant children who are in the UK alone has been restored in what has been hailed as ‘a major U-turn by the Government’. Unaccompanied minors had been facing ‘a punishing combination of cuts to legal aid and skyrocketing Home Office application fees’ since the 2013 LASPO cuts, according to

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JusticeWatch: The roadblock to recovery

Posted by - 6th July 2018

The roadblock to recovery Practical problems, such as facing eviction or losing one’s job, can cause or exacerbate mental health problems, according to a new report by Citizens Advice (The Roadblock to Recovery). Last year over 100,000 people with mental health problems sought their help. Almost two-thirds of mental health practitioners (65%) have seen an

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MoJ scraps housing court duty scheme tender

Posted by - 5th July 2018

The Ministry of Justice has scrapped the tender for the housing possession court duty scheme following the successful challenge brought by the Law Centres Network. There are currently 113 duty desk schemes and last year the MoJ decided to consolidate them into 47 schemes through a tender including price competition. The LCN argued that the MoJ’s reforms were

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My Justice First Fellowship: Jenna Hall

Posted by - 3rd July 2018

Jenna Hall, 27, is a Justice First Fellow and trainee solicitor at Clan Childlaw, a charity providing free legal advice and representation to children and young people in Scotland. She is due to qualify in 2019. You can read other articles in the series here. I knew I wanted to help people and become a social welfare

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LAA stats

The number of legal aid firms and NfPs down by a third since LASPO

Posted by - 29th June 2018

The number of legal aid firms and not-for-profit agencies offering social welfare law advice has collapsed by a third over the last five years since LASPO, according to the latest statistics from the Legal Aid Agency. The number of civil legal aid providers dropped by 5% last year compared to an 8% fall in criminal

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LAA annual report

LAA processing 97% of civil legal aid applications within 15 days

Posted by - 28th June 2018

The Legal Aid Agency reports that it has processed 97% of applications for civil legal aid in 15 working days and paid 98% of bills within 20 working days in its latest annual report. The agency’s net expenditure was £1.7 billion, which represented an increase of £33.5 million on last year, and its admin spend was

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Exterior of Avon and Bristol Law Centre

JusticeWatch: The LAA’s facile assumptions

Posted by - 22nd June 2018

The LAA’s facile assumptions The High Court has this morning ruled that the MoJ decision to contract for fewer, larger housing solicitor duty desk schemes was unreasonable and ordered that new contracts be quashed. The legal action as brought by the Law Centres Network. There are currently 113 duty desk schemes across England and Wales

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