For those with more of a life than me, LASPO is the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. The result of this piece of legislation was that several areas of law were no longer granted access to legal aid. The figures below outline the profound impact this has had, with a reduction of almost 500,00 case being legally aided.
The government has stated that 3 years after the introduction of LASPO it would review the impact of the reforms and assess whether further changes are needed. With the changeover at number 10, could it be that this review will now take place sooner rather than later?
It has now been just over three years since LASPO came into force, and the latest statistics published by the Legal Aid Agency demonstrate the huge reduction in the number of cases funded by legal aid. In 2012-13, prior to the implementation of LASPO, 724,243 civil law cases were funded by legal aid. In 2015-16 that figure fell to just 258,460 cases. This is a picture of justice denied; of ordinary people cut off from the justice system.