JusticeWatch: Right to rent ruling

Posted by - 1st March 2019

‘Right to rent’ ruling The government’s controversial ‘Right to Rent’ scheme was causing racial discrimination and violating human rights laws, the High Court has found – according to a report in the Independent this morning. The law, which requires private landlords to check the immigration status of potential tenants, was found to violate the European Convention

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Grayling’s rehabilitation revolution ‘set up to fail’

Posted by - 1st March 2019

Chris Grayling’s 2013 probation reforms were ‘set up to fail’ and the number of offenders returned to prison had ‘skyrocketed’, a watchdog has warned. According to a scathing new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) into the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms, the restructuring of probation services had failed to hit the Ministry of Justice’s own targets

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JusticeWatch: Supporting the next generation of social welfare lawyers

Posted by - 22nd February 2019

Farewell to Steve Steve Hynes is leaving LAG at the end of the month after 11 years as its director. Carol Storer, the former director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, has been appointed as interim director. ‘Steve played a leading role in campaigning against the cuts introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment

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Child poverty to hit record levels within the next five years

Posted by - 22nd February 2019

Child poverty in Britain will rise to record levels within the next five years with an extra 1 million children in poverty, claims a thinktank. This article first appeared on the Justice Gap here. According to the Resolution Foundation in its annual Living Standards Outlook, three out of ten children (30%) lived in relative poverty

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Justice Watch: LASPO review ‘an abdication of responsibility’

Posted by - 15th February 2019

The inevitable disappointment The long awaited LASPO review was finally published at the end of last week. ‘Not that anyone in the demoralised world of legal aid was actually looking forward to a report that the government was expected (but failed) to deliver within five years of the 2013 cuts coming in,’ I wrote in the New

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‘A turning point for access to justice?’

Posted by - 8th February 2019

‘Justice is at the centre of a safe, fair and prosperous society and this Government is committed to protecting and guaranteeing access to justice for future generations.’ Who could disagree with the sentiment behind this concluding line from the executive summary of the long-awaited review of cuts to legal aid by the Ministry of Justice? Certainly

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My Justice First Fellow: Pamela Lalbachan

Posted by - 1st February 2019

Pamela Lalbachan swapped a career in the arts and broadcasting for social welfare law. She is a Justice First Fellow at the South West London Law Centres and will qualify in February 2019. I did a degree in Spanish and Latin American studies, and spent a large part of it studying international relations and developing

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Proposals for specialist Housing Court risk ‘serious injustice’

Posted by - 1st February 2019

Without sufficient resourcing and access to legal aid, changes to the court system could be disastrous for renters, argued Shelter in response to a government consultation on plans for a specialist Housing Court which closed last week. This article first appeared on www.thejusticegap.com The consultation (Considering the case for a Housing Court) followed a call from

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