Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

01/09/11 - Cuts to legal aid

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:


“The Government’s proposed reforms for legal aid and civil litigation are in a mess.  It is clear they are putting costs ahead of what is in the best interests of victims.  


“Whilst savings do need to be made Labour’s Shadow Justice team is clear these savings could come from elsewhere without the need to slash legal aid budgets.


“Legal Aid reform is a question I raised in Parliament with Justice Ministers as people are concerned, and rightly so, that these proposals will limit their access to the legal system.  They will have no voice against any injustices they suffer.


“We are told by this Conservative-led Government that we are all in it together.  Yet once again it seems as if there are some people more in it than others.  This is not the first time the most needy and vulnerable will be the hardest hit by the Conservative cuts.”


“Government needs to rethink its approach and quickly before it causes too much damage.”


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