Kings College London publishes report on cost of changes to legal aid
A Kings College London (KCL) report finds that changes proposed in the Legal Aid,Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will save less than half of the Ј270million predicted by the Government - though denying justice to thousands of vulnerable people, say critics.
The report, commissioned by The Law Society of England and Wales, analysed the proposed changes to family, social welfare and clinical negligence law, and identified knock-on costs of Ј139 million per annum. This means that the Government will realise approximately 42 percent of the predicted savings. These knock-on costs will largely be borne by other government departments, including a predicted Ј28 million being shouldered by the NHS each year.
Following publication of the new report, thirty-one charities, advice and legal organisations have signed a joint letter calling for Peers to consider carefully the impact of the cuts to legal aid on individuals. They point out that over 78,000 disabled people and 140,000 children will be denied help if the Bill goes through.