Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Julie Elliott Julie Elliott Labour, Sunderland Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that legal aid is available to people who need it.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Government is currently undertaking a post-implementation review of the impact of the legal aid changes made under Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) and remains committed to publishing the findings by the end of this year.

The post-implementation review will assess the extent to which LASPO targeted legal aid to those who need it most – which was one of the objectives set out at the time of the reforms.

We are currently in the engagement phase of the post-implementation review. The first meetings of the consultative groups took place in April to provide evidence which will inform the review process. Officials within my Department will continue to meet with interested parties throughout the summer. We are using this opportunity to inform our wider consideration on the future of legal support in the justice system.

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