£450m provided to support justice system in England and Wales
Commentators have expressed dismay over the level of funding set aside in the 2021 Budget to support the justice system in England and Wales.
The government has pledged £450m for 2020 - 2021, which includes funding to ensure safety in prisons and courts and funding to reduce backlogs in the crown court caused by covid-19.
David Greene, president of the Law Society, commented: “We are disappointed that the government has not committed to spend any more than the £450m pledged to the justice system at the Spending Review last year."
He added: “Access to justice has suffered throughout the pandemic as already underfunded legal aid providers have struggled to stay afloat. The consequences of...