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Legal aid under threat

It is ordinary citizens that will suffer the most from these reforms.

By David Lammy  

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling was not present as the debate (© Pontificake)

The UK government has proposed extensive reforms to the legal aid system–one of the most expensive in the world–in an attempt to cut £220m from the annual £1bn bill.

Under the plans, price competitive tendering will be introduced to award legal aid contracts to the lowest bidder; legal aid recipients will no longer be able to choose their own solicitor. Concerns have been raised that this will reduce the quality of legal representation and that,…

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