Legal Aid

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the nature and extent of the impact of the reduction in eligibility for legal aid upon the practical enjoyment of the protection against unlawful discrimination and harassment under the Equality Act 2010.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the nature and extent of the impact of the reduction in eligibility for legal aid upon the exercise of rights of appeal against decisions of employment tribunals and county courts for alleged victims of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

On 15 November the Justice Secretary announced the publication of a consultation on a package of proposals for the reform of legal aid.

The Government propose that legal aid should continue to be available for all unlawful discrimination claims and appeals currently within the scope of legal aid funding, regardless of the category of law in which they arise. This means that current funding for harassment claims and appeals under the Equality Act 2010 will also continue. Applicants would be subject to the usual tests of means and the merits of the case.

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