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Clarke defends LASPO as Panorama lifts lid on DIY justice

Will the BBC's exposé of government reforms to legal aid be too little, too late?

31 March 2015

'You've got to ask what justice really requires and really means,' said the former Lord Chancellor, Ken Clarke, during last night's BBC Panorama report on the impact of his reforms to civil legal aid in England and Wales.

Before the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012, the then justice secretary rejected fears that cuts to the legal aid budget would hit women and children the hardest. Instead, he said, the changes were aimed at lawyers.

One can only imagine the look of incredulity on Clarke's face when the Justice Select Committee recently disagreed and found...

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