In preparation for the lifting of immigration limits on those coming from Romania and Bulgaria, David Cameron has said he wants a 'common sense test' to ensure taxpayers money isn't spent on legally aided immigration cases.
After our recent blog on how the government was using misleading statistics to justify their proposed changes to the laws on judicial review, it appears that it is an issue that others have also been recognising.
The judiciary has published a guide for self-representing litigants - those who must represent themselves in court when they are unable to access a lawyer. This guide marks the increasing trend of self-litigation that will inevitably follow the reduction in legal aid.
Last week the LSC notified firms of their tenders for family, housing and debt and immigration. The Law Society Gazette reported that the extremely high demand has led to some firms being allocated an insufficient workload.
The Legal Services Commission has finalised its decision to scrap the CLS grants from May 2013. The grants provided vital funding for the Advice Services Alliance, Law Centres Federation, and the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau.