Legal aid cut that will hit young is seen as a false economy
Tuesday 8th November 2011
Knock-on costs from £350m cuts will fuel youth crime and leave victims unprotected, say campaigners.
A point repeatedly made by the "access to justice" lobby as ministers contemplate filleting the legal aid system by removing £350m from the £2.2bn scheme is the knock-on costs to other government departments, the taxpayer and ultimately to society. As the legal aid, sentencing and punishment of offenders bill passed through the House of Commons this week, it's worth making that point again.