Matthew Huggett examines recent changes in funding immigration work
It is a truism government policy changes in areas like crime and immigration usually have a knock-on effect on legal aid lawyers. The question is whether ministers do something about it, beyond warm words recognising the effort that lawyers put in to keep the system moving. Positively, the signs from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in recent times are that it does appreciate the need to put some money where its mouth is.
In immigration and asylum work, for example, the ‘hostile environment’ policy and regular changes to the rules – not to ignore the impact of Brexit – have added to the workload of already stretched practitioners operating under fees that have changed little in 15 years.
So the recently c...
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