There's so much happening in the Legal Aid reforms at the moment, it can sometimes overload the forums. To make it easier to track what's going on in the way of reform, legislation and so forth, please post on this thread. There's a limited capacity to store information and also to absorb it, so please try and put several posts together as one and integrate into the same thread wherever possible.
So if you've got some information, have a good think about your post caption and how to integrate your posts under one heading, especially where they are similar. For instance if you are posting links and not running an accompanying story, you can post the links as 'new links' with a heading as to what each one is under the same post.
This way people that put new posts up at least get an opportunity for others to read them,it also means some posts stay up for longer, giving more time for people to notice them and hopefully comment.
It's down to housekeeping and keeping the site tidy to make it easy for others to see something which they may want to follow.
Ken Clarke's plans to cut legal aid include something slipped into the legal aid bill which wasn't in the consultation paper-to means test everyone as soon as they are arrested. Currently you have right to free legal advice on arrest-this is being taken away. The bill is being rushed through Parliament this week to avoid public scrutiny-Article below
Jman: Could you do me a massive favour and on this thread post the impact assessments, the link to the bill and a timetable of events such as the second reading next Wednesday?
I'm just trying to get the basic framework of what is going on with the legislative side of it on here for people to have an easy read and keep up to speed with where we are with it all.
Just bear in mind when posting, whatever we think of certain ministers, on a public forum we should be cautious over how we portray our views. It's the views of the public we want to hear, I'm sure they'll be expressive enough of their own accord!
Tory MP's views on how it was only the legal profession who complained about the imposition of these reforms
It is being claimed by some MP's such as John Gummer that only lawyers are complaining about the legal aid cuts that will take 650,000 out of the scope of legal aid. In fact large numbers of charities also complained. Here's a list of the organisations that responded.