BIHR signs open letter on legal aid cuts

The letter, reproduced below, can be accessed on the Guardian’s website here. Legal Aid cuts threaten our very democracy
In 2010, annual expenditure for the civil and criminal justice system stood at approximately £2bn per annum, which equa…

The letter, reproduced below, can be accessed on the Guardian's website here. Legal Aid cuts threaten our very democracy In 2010, annual expenditure for the civil and criminal justice system stood at approximately £2bn per annum, which equates to the cost of running the NHS for a fortnight. Spending was falling and was not spiralling out of control. Now, after two years of an unprecedented programme of cuts, the level of spending is down to approximately £1.5bn per annum. The effect of the cuts is reflected in eye-watering statistics. From 2012-13 to 2013-14, debt cases fell from 81,792 to 2,423 and in clinical negligence from 2,859 to 114. In employment law, legally aided cases fell from 16,154 to six in the same period. The huge increase in employment tribunal fees has meant that people without deep pockets have little to no protection against unscrupulous employers. We know that cuts disproportionately affect women and, sure enough, the government’s own figure...

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