Eleventh Letter to the Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice,
Mr Chris Grayling,
28th January 2014,
Dear Lord Chancellor,
Let me congratulate you on your Transforming Legal Aid response to the consultation, published yesterday. I think that my imps did a pretty good job cloaking its savage implications under a veneer of reasonableness. You have listened to your opponents and ignored them all: bravo!
It estimates that your cuts to the legal aid fee scheme (AGFS) will save £130 million per year and, combined with your other savings, reach your Treasury-set target. The small print shows that there has already been a reduction last year of £126 million in criminal legal aid spending in any event. Don’t let anyone find out, or people will know you can make the required savings and prevent the justice system from being destroyed. That clearly would not be in the public interest. You…
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