Gwent protests against legal aid cuts

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LAW firms across Gwent gathered outside Newport Magistrates’ Court yesterday to protest against cuts to legal aid.

Around 20 members of the legal profession voiced their opposition against the £215 million cuts to legal aid announced by Chris Grayling, the justice secretary last week. Legal aid fees are set to fall by 17.5 per cent for solicitors and six per cent for barristers. Keith Evans, 63, of Keith Evans and Co Solicitors, said: “With the 17.5 per cent cuts to criminal legal aid, the money is not viable to continue to represent those who need legal criminal aid.

“We are here today to show our unhappiness. It’s an attack on society.”

Mr Evans has been practising law in Newport for more than 40 years and said that the changes would not only affect poorer families but middle income families as well.

Scott Bowen, 37, of Keith Evans and Co, said: “This will affect middle income families the most. The eligibility for criminal legal aid is caped at £37,500, even if they find the money to be represented they are not going to be refunded if they’re acquitted.”

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9:32pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Abertillery29 says...

This situation has occured due solely to the greed of the legal profession.
This situation has occured due solely to the greed of the legal profession. Abertillery29
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1:35pm Sat 8 Mar 14

endthelies says...

This is just another way of stopping poorer people get the help they should be entitled to. David Cameron says we're all in this together, What he should say is austerity measures will affect the poor only whilst leaving the richer folk of this country alone. That's if he were a truthful man, which he most definitely is not.
This is just another way of stopping poorer people get the help they should be entitled to. David Cameron says we're all in this together, What he should say is austerity measures will affect the poor only whilst leaving the richer folk of this country alone. That's if he were a truthful man, which he most definitely is not. endthelies
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