Some of the people we interviewed for our series on legal aid give their reaction to the review published on Thursday

“A promise to put £8m back in when £400m has been cut will not even begin to address the hardship that has been caused by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (Laspo). The Ministry of Justice still appears to have no grasp of the history or purpose of legal aid, falsely claiming its ‘initial intention’ as being to ‘ensure that public funding will remain sustainable by refocusing resources on those who most need it’, whereas the white paper that preceded the introduction of legal aid described the purpose as ‘to provide legal advice for those of slender means and resources, so that no one would be financially unable to prosecute a just and reasonable claim or defend a legal right; and to allow counsel and solicitors to be remunerated for their services.’

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