Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, responding to the NAO report on “Implementing reforms to civil legal aid”, said:
“This damning report by the National Audit Office completely exposes David Cameron’s reckless assault on access to justice for what it really is: bad value for money and leaving hundreds of thousands without proper legal advice.
“Labour warned that denying people legal aid in this rushed way would merely see costs rise in other areas but sadly the Government failed to listen. They claimed they would, instead, divert people into mediation but these figures reveal there have been 17,246 fewer mediation assessments in the last period. On every measure, David Cameron’s Government have completely failed on legal aid.”