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Legal aid changes will save less than predicted says report

A report commissioned by the Law Society of England & Wales entitled Unintended Consequences: The Cost of the Government’s Legal Aid Reforms has now been published. The report was undertaken by Dr Graham Cookson from the Department of Management, School of Social Science & Public Policy at Kings College, London.

His research has found that the legal aid changes proposed in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will save less than half of the £270 million pounds predicted by the government. The report identifies additional costs in implementing the changes of £139 million per annum, meaning the government will realise approximately 42% of the predicted savings. The final report is available here.

Posted on Jan 11th, 2012 by Lyons Davidson