Overwhelming Public Backing for Legal Aid


A survey was published yesterday (21 May 2013) showing that 7 out of 10 adults fear that criminal legal aid cuts could lead to innocent people being convicted of crimes they did not commit.

The poll, carried out by ComRes, as the government consults on major changes to criminal legal aid, shows that two-thirds (67%) of the British public agree that legal aid is a price worth paying for living in a fair society. Two-thirds (68%) also agree that, at less than 0.5% of annual government spending, legal aid is a worthwhile investment to ensure basic freedoms.  Three-quarters (75%) of the public say that it will be the poorest members of society who will be most affected if the government makes cuts to legal aid.

The Government is currently consulting on further cuts predominantly to criminal legal aid but also to family cases following closely on the major changes on 01 April 2013 when significant numbers of matrimonial and children cases were removed from the legal aid system.

This firm is proud to continue to offer legal aid in family work.  Please contact the Family Team for more details on 01392 258451.