The government has undertaken the long-awaited post-implementation review of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO).
On 30 October 2017 the government published a written statement to parliament announcing the review.
At the same time it published a post-legislative memorandum covering parts 1, 2 and 3 of LASPO which considers how LASPO has worked in relation to its objectives.
What the review covered
Regarding part 1 of LASPO, which deals with legal aid, the government are reviewing a number of areas including:
- the changes made to the scope of legal aid for family, civil and criminal cases
- the Exceptional Case Funding scheme
- the changes made to fees for legal aid work
- the introduction of the mandatory telephone gateway
- the introduction of evidence requirements for victims of domestic violence and child abuse
- changes to the rules on financial eligibility, including the application of the capital eligibility test to all legal aid applicants, increasing income contributions for those eligible to contribute, and capping the subject matter of dispute disregard
- changes to the application of the merits test
- the abolition of the Legal Services Commission and its replacement with the Legal Aid Agency.
The LASPO Review
For the full Post-Implementation Review of Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) please click here.
For the APPG on Legal Aid’s response to the Review, please click here.
For LAPG’s response to the Review, please click here.
For The Law Society’s response to the Review, please click here.
For YLAL’s statement on the Review, please click here.