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Legal Aid Scheme

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the representation sent to him on 25 June 2013 by the campaign group Liberty, setting out its concerns about the proposals announced in his Department's consultation, Transforming Legal Aid: Delivering a more credible and efficient system; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Between 9 April and 4 June 2013 the Government consulted on a number of proposals to reform legal aid via the “Transforming Legal Aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system” consultation. This included a proposed model of competitive tendering for criminal legal aid services. We have been clear we must continue to bear down on the cost of legal aid, including the £1 billion of taxpayers’ money spent on criminal legal aid a year, to ensure we are getting the best deal for the taxpayer.

The consultation itself has received around 16,000 responses, including from the campaigning organisation Liberty. Officials are currently considering all the responses before final decisions are taken. The Government response is due to be published in the autumn.

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