-See the article from the Guardian on this by following this link
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Whilst there has been a lot of focus on Ken Clark’s comments on rape and Cameron’s decision to take a U-Turn on the guilty plea policy, ALAC feels that we as a nation must wake up to the threat of the impending legal aid cuts.
That might sound overly dramatic. Then again, taking away some people’s right to a free solicitor upon arrest is pretty serious.
The UK must pay attention to the way the government is rushing the legal aid bill through Parliament. Otherwise we will find that carers aren’t entitled to aid in challenging decisions to take away their meagre allowance. Or families at the mercy of a dodgy landlord can’t get legal aid until crisis point.
Birmingham alone is estimated to lose over £1.1m in legal aid funds.
Will we as a nation just shrug our shoulders over the next few months? ALAC hopes not.
Read more and take action now:
-Contact your MP using writetothem.com
-Join the Justice for All campaign http://www.justice-for-all.org.uk/join-us
-Follow us on Twitter @alacbirmingham plus excellent work of @ilegal
-Participate in the scrutiny of this bill by submitting your evidence to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee – find out how by clicking on the link
“"Courts are, and should be, a last resort, but they should be a last resort which is accessible to all, rich and poor alike.” – Lady Hale of the Supreme Court, who is against the cuts