Legal aid cuts

22/06/11

Trouble is once again brewing for Ken Clarke after he announced legal aid cuts of £350 million.

The justice secretary unveiled the reduction to the £2.1 billion legal aid budget during a statement to the Commons yesterday.

Lawyers and campaign groups have criticised the plans and their potential effect upon the vulnerable.

However Mr Clarke says the cuts are necessary and that Britain has the "most expensive legal aid system in the world".

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