Reduce cost of Legal Aid

Review the eligibility criteria for legal aid, with a view to strictly tightening the financial eligibility criteria and introducing effective proportionality to the legal criteria. The application approval process needs to be robust and a cash limited budget for each year should be considered.

Why the contribution is important

Legal Aid is costing the taxpayer many millions each year, and generates excessive legal costs funded by the public purse. This is a monster that needs to be reigned in.

by Woodyboyo on April 10, 2017 at 05:34PM

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  • Posted by Woodyboyo April 11, 2017 at 16:47

    Government's Pink Book indicates that £4.5m is budgeted each year for Legal Aid - plus any drawdowns from the dwindling Legal Costs Reserve, which has hit the Keys Questions this week. This is neither sustainable nor affordable.
    Part of the problem is the open cheque book nature of Legal Aid. Monetary limits on thresholds for disbursements would assist.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 12, 2017 at 01:10

    Agree that this should be looked at,including charging people if they return to court over unpaid fines or not completing Community service orders.Why should they get legal aid for that?
  • Posted by charlie April 20, 2017 at 17:54

    The gov need to wise up to inflated fees when they have to pay compensation in the case of claims that never get to court. For example, its an individuals choice if they choose a barrister from the UK to represent them, why should the tax payer pick up the tab. There are procedures already in place to challenge costs. why aren't they used?
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