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House of Lords debates future of legal aid

House of Lords Library publishes briefing note in advance of debate

On the 10th December the House of Lords marked Human Rights Day by holding a debate, moved by Lord Howarth of Newport, that the House takes note of the future of legal aid. The motion was agreed. The debate is here commencing at 12.05 pm (Column 1686).

The House of Lords Library prepared a briefing note in advance of the debate.  The note provides a summary of the implementation of the reforms to legal aid following the passing of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. It also summarises further proposals for reforms to criminal and civil legal aid outlined by the Coalition Government, including with regard to the award of legal aid contracts. It outlines the scrutiny of the implementation of these reforms by parliamentary committees and other bodies, and the statements made so far by the current Government on this issue.

The briefing note is here.

Meanwhile the House of Commons Library has produced two briefings concerning the changes to legal aid:

  1. On the impact on clients, for which please click here; and
  2. On whether the changes have created more 'advice deserts', for which please click here.