Ken wields the axe

As anticipated, the government is pushing ahead with its £350 million worth of legal aid cuts, with the publication of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill today. Not content with that, the Legal Services Commission is to be abolished.

A little more detail can be found here and here, Ken Clarke's statement can be found here, and Resolution's response here. The Government Response to Justice Committee’s Third Report of Session 2010/11: The Government’s proposed reform of legal aid can be found here and Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales: the Government Response can be found here.

So much for the 5000+ responses to the consultation...