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Philip Hadley's Articles

Evidence shows legal aid reforms led to huge rise in self-representation and increased costs to the taxpayer

23 Apr 2015, by in Public services

“The available evidence indicates that the proportion of litigants appearing before the civil and family courts without legal representation…has increased since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) took many civil and private law children and family cases out of scope for legal aid from 1 April 2013.” This is the…

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Justice Committee Inquiry finds government reforms have reduced safety and performance of prisons

15 Apr 2015, by in Public services

The Justice Committee recently concluded their first major inquiry on prisons planning and policies in this last parliament, focusing on measures the Ministry of Justice has used to reduce the ‘operational costs’ of the system. The inquiry report reveals the huge strain that the system is under, as well as the disastrous impact of government…

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Speak up for Justice – Not the Global Law Summit

20 Feb 2015, by in Public services

Our justice system is under attack. The government is slashing the legal aid budget by £220m per year and implementing disastrous reforms. Seventy per cent of probation services have been privatised, courts have been closed, and policing has been cut. The prison system is also in crisis following dramatic cuts to prison officer numbers. All…

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Probation contracts handed to the private sector despite falls in reoffending

03 Feb 2015, by in Public services

On 1 February, 70 per cent of the probation service was handed to the private sector, yet only last week, the government’s own statistics revealed that the probation service was working relatively well prior to the government’s disastrous reforms in 2014. These recent MoJ figures further undermine the necessity for the transfer of ownership. Ministry of…

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Probation service in chaos as privatisation goes ahead

31 Oct 2014, by in Public services

The government has announced a list of the 21 ‘preferred bidders’ to run probation services as the new ‘Community Rehabilitation Companies’ or CRCs, replacing the former publicly-run Probation Trusts. CRCs will be responsible for low to medium risk offenders, comprising 70% of probation services, while high risk offenders will remain the responsibility of the much-reduced…

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Private Members’ Bill provides opportunity to raise pressure on government over NHS privatisation

29 Oct 2014, by in Public services

The National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill, a Private Members Bill promoted by the Labour MP for Eltham, Clive Efford, is having its Second Reading in the House of Commons on the 21st November. The Bill offers an opportunity for MPs and campaigners to raise the pressure on the government over its reorganisation of…

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