Clarke to announce legal aid cuts
- 16th November 2010
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke is to announce drastic cuts to
the number of people who will be entitled to claim legal aid.
As part of a scheme to scale down the measures, which currently
cost the taxpayer £2.1bn a year, the Secretary of State is set
to announce that only those with total assets, including
property, worth less than £1,000 will be able to claim legal
aid. He will also announce that contributions from claimants
will rise, from the current 20% to 30% of weekly income in a bid
to ensure that legal aid will only go to those “who need it
Last week the Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly, paved the way
for the announcement by saying that legal aid should only go to
those cases “of genuine legal concern or personal liberty or
security”. The Ministry of Justice said: “We are developing
proposals, not just with the aim of delivering an affordable
scheme but one which is focused on those who most need it”.
Under the current rules, legal aid can be claimed for cases
involving divorce, employment, medical negligence, immigration,
welfare and school admissions cases as well as some others
involving personal injury and consumers. However, that is all
set to change with the aid being concentrated mainly on criminal
cases and those wanting to take out civil action encouraged
taking out private insurance.