The All-Party Group (APG) on Legal Aid was established in July 2009, and is co-sponsored by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) and Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL). It operates by holding regular meetings at Parliament to discuss issues relating to legal aid.
The APG’s terms of reference are as follows:
“To promote parliamentary and public understanding of the importance of the role of publicly funded legal services as a pillar of the welfare state and in reducing inequalities in society. To scrutinize and influence any proposals for the reform of Legal Aid provision to ensure that access to justice for all members of society is preserved and improved.”
The APG acts as an important forum for discussion of all issues surrounding legal aid. It provides a point of contact between the Government, Parliament and all who have an interest in the legal aid sector: these include clients, lawyers, the wider public, professional bodies, practitioners’ groups, charities, campaign organisations, and many others. It constitutes a practical way of engaging with the on-going reform process through contact with Parliamentarians – both MPs and Lords – who have a direct influence on the outcome of that process.
Please note: as a registered All-Party Group, the APG on Legal Aid is permitted to make use of the Parliamentary crowned portcullis symbol. However, the House of Commons takes no responsibility for this website or any of its content.