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Legal aid cuts: Government accused of lying over cost as it prepares to slash legal aid bill againFurther cuts in legal aid have come under fire with lawyers saying new figures show it

is not expensive as the Government claims. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling wants to slash the bill by another 200million after already cutting help given in medical negligence, welfare and housing cases. But top ba

rrister Maura McGowan said 56.4 million set aside by the Ministry of Justice for civil cases last year had not been spent. She said: “If you take into account the falling crime rate and significant savings already made from the criminal and civil legal aid budget, with what appears to be an underspend by the MoJ of their criminal and civil legal aid funds, it is far from clear why these additional cuts are being driven through to the detriment of our justice system.” A Law Society spokesman added: “Without Legal Aid, there’s no way most people can affor

d justice. “The Government plans to slash 220 million more from the legal aid budget, yet th

ese figures show it has already pocketed a big chunk of that saving. “We’ve asked researchers t

o take an urgent and serious look at the MoJ’s forecast for legal aid spending over the next five years.” There are also fears that the cut

s, which will save 幸运快3计划网 an estimate 350million, will hit battered wives and girlfriends. Now the Government is looking to

shave another 220million off the legal aid bill, with criminal cases bearing the brunt. Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said: “Chris Grayling has some chee

k. He is cutting legal aid, which could lead to many wrongs

not being righted and innocent people going to prison. “His justification is that legal aid costs too much, but his own figures show that less was spent last year than he predicted. “Those who work in our justice system are already making big savin

gs. Rather than attacking legal aid lawyers as fat cats he should listen to them.” The Labour MP added: “This Government’s legal aid plans would devastate our justice system. Yet Chris Grayling isn’t bothered – he would be quite happy if our justice system was only for the richest.” AMinistry of Justice spokeswoman said: We have one of the most expensive legal aid systems in

the world - paying around 2billion a year, for several years. The fact we spent less than feared last year is helpful but at around only 1/40th of what is normally spent doesnt mean we can avoid making further savings. Our proposals wi

ll ensure a legally-aided lawyer is available to those who

most need one - and that legal aid remains sustainable for hard-working taxpayers.