22 October 2010
Law Society reiterates view that legal aid should be protected
Family law cases covering issues such as divorce and break ups must still be given the opportunity to be heard completely lawfully, regardless of the financial status of the parties involved.
That is according to the Law Society, which has said that the country's legal aid system - put in place to help the most vulnerable in society achieve justice by providing them with financial assistance during a case - must be protected.
This call comes after George Osborne's spending review speech, in which the chancellor and MP for Tatton revealed that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will have its budget slashed by £1.6 billion to £7.3 billion over the next four years - a decrease of six per cent annually.
Meanwhile, the MoJ has said that it can save £350 million on legal aid during this time period - a figure which Law Society president Linda Lee has said will "inevitably prove to be a significant blow to legal service provision" in the UK.
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Posted by Daniel Stevens