Small concession in legal aid cuts

After a U-turn by ministers in a response to a petition, which has gained over 100,000 signatures, defendants accessing legal aid will still be allowed to choose their own solicitors.

£220 million will still be cut from the legal aid bill and this will have a major effect on the ability of vulnerable people to access it.

However the concession means that at least people will no longer have a solicitor who is simply the cheapest available, and will have a chance to search for one suited to their needs.

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