@kirkabout Once again explains for the hard of understanding (@mojgovuk) just WHAT #PCT is really all about,,thanks to BBC Radio Kent and @Gemma_Blythe
Oliver Kirk interviewed by Julia George on BBC Radio Kent in relation to the government’s proposals to ‘transform’ legal aid, particularly in relation to Kent and Thanet.
He says there are 35 practices across Kent who cover geographical areas as far apart as Sevenoaks, Dartford and Ramsgate. The Government proposes that all of those various practices be replaced with 5 firms who cover the whole of Kent. No legal aid practices will be untouched by this. No legal aid firms already cover the whole of Kent on a day-to-day basis. This will affect the way the whole legal aid system across Kent.
Q – Will this introduce superfirms across the county?
The Government’s plan is that firms should be more efficient. That will involve in centralisation. It is very, very unlikely that there will be a firm in Thanet, or even East Kent. If the proposals go ahead, the sensible…
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