Under pressure - are the legal aid cuts tough love or political expediency?
The statement issued on 21 June by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) was headed: ‘Clarke: Plans outlined to reduce reoffending’. Those who read the opening paragraphs of the press notice, and indeed followed through to the middle section, would have understood that his announcement related to what the Government billed as a “radical plan to reduce reoffending”.
Overshadowed by rows over sentencing policy, the Government is rushing towards a huge withdrawal of legal aid. Friederike Heine and Alex Novarese report
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