Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 10th July 2019.

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Photo of Richard Burgon Richard Burgon Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on children of the removal of parts of education law from the scope of legal aid under Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice recently published an extensive, evidence based review of the changes made by Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, which included an assessment of the impact of the removal of parts of education law from the scope of legal aid.

Following this, the department announced several changes as part of the Legal Support Action Plan to improve access to legal support, including reinstating immediate access to face-to-face advice for special educational needs and discrimination cases by Spring 2020.

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