Jeremy Corbyn has announced a review into what he dubs the Government’s “assault on legal aid”.
Changes brought in under the coalition government left some kinds of cases, such as those regarding family, employment, welfare and housing law, ineligible for legal aid.
Lord Bach will consider the consequences of Coalition reforms and put forward policy proposals.
Labour leader Mr Corbyn said the changes have left people without necessary advice. “[The reforms] have resulted in many of our fellow citizens, often the poor and marginalised not being able to get advice or representation when they are faced with legal problems such as housing, welfare benefits, debt and employment,” Mr Corbyn argued. He said the Government “refuses” to review the “disastrous” consequences of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act.
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