Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill has it’s third reading in the House of Lords. It is expected to return to the House of Commons on 17 April for MPs to consider Lords’ amendments. This will be the last opportunity for the Government to reconsider any of its intentions in the Bill before enactment, though there is to be included power to revise the Bill even after enactment so that areas of law can be brought back into scope of legal aid.
The few weeks between now and 17 April is therefore a critical time for MPs to be receiving the message from you, your clients, any community organisations you may be working with or others that the removal of immigration from legal aid scope needs to be rethought. You can find out who your MP is, and contact them through the They Work for You website.