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Community Care Judicial Review and Legal Aid – The need for Delegated Functions and preventing work at risk

2020-04-06T08:09:11+01:00April 3rd, 2020|

HLPA, LCN and LAPG have written to the Ministry of Justice calling for urgent changes to the JR regulations which are impeding access to justice during these extraordinary times, putting people at risk as the Government has removed statutory duties to assess and provide care to adults and has provided local government with wide [...]

Latest LAPG Member Update (11 of 2020)

2020-04-03T11:00:10+01:00March 31st, 2020|

During these unprecedented and worrying times we are publishing some of our Member Updates as and when they contain information of general use to the sector. Update 11 of 2020 covers: LAPG requests urgent financial relief for providers from the LAA New LAPG Covid-19 helpline for legal aid providers to start imminently DG Legal [...]

Latest legal aid statistics show worrying downward trend in access

2018-12-20T19:39:27+00:00December 13th, 2018|

The government released the official legal aid statistic on 13 December 2018, brining the data set up to date to 30 September 2018. Worryingly, crime expenditure and workload have both decreased. Fewer civil legal help matters have been started, continuing the trend since the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Mediation [...]

Joining the Dots: Domestic abuse, civil and criminal justice and technology

2018-10-17T14:39:31+01:00October 15th, 2018|

Joining the Dots: Domestic abuse, civil and criminal justice and technology Crest Advisory and CGI have undertaken a partnership research project to identify ways to address the twenty-first century challenges of tackling domestic abuse across the justice system and beyond. Domestic abuse is a prevalent, high-impact crime with widespread and lasting consequences. Today in England and Wales [...]

We’ve launched our 2017 Annual Review

2018-09-24T10:09:52+01:00April 27th, 2018|

On 26th April 2018 LAPG held a reception to launch its second Annual Review. Baroness Helena Kennedy QC spoke about the importance of legal aid work and the rule of law. She remembered once being asked if she was the barrister who represented ‘women and other criminals’. Co–chairs Jenny Beck and Nicola Mackintosh QC(Hon) referred [...]

Research casts doubt on efficacy of telephone advice for social welfare law clients

2017-11-30T15:34:01+00:00November 30th, 2017|

Dr Marie Burton, within her PhD thesis: Calling for Justice: Comparing telephone and face-to-face advice in social welfare Law (LSE, 2016), has found that: There are significant consequences of replacing face-to-face advice with telephone advice in social welfare law. These consequences can seriously disadvantage many social welfare clients, particularly those who are more vulnerable and [...]