On the NHS thread some one raised the Governments plans for legal aid.
Chris Grayling minister for "justice" plans to cut legal aid by massively reducing the fees. Removing the client’s right to choose their lawyer and instead allocating clients to the lowest bidder for the work .The expectation is that legal services will be provided by a few very big suppliers not firms of solicitors. The suggested suppliers have included Eddie Stobbarts, SERCO and the COOP. The removal of the right to choose is expressed by the government as necessary to ensure lawyers do not compete on the basis of quality of service but only compete on price. He in terms states this is ok as the public are too thick to pick a lawyer for them.
Not surprisingly people like me who have been making a mint out of ripping off the public purse representing evil criminals are up in arms at the end of our gravy train.
We are trying to con the public by revealing our real wages circa £30-£40k per annum. Our hours of work, 5 day weeks plus nights and weekends and bank holidays on call.
We also try to suggest that justice effects everyone by dredging up less evil clients, such as school teachers falsely accused of assault, police officers accused of domestic violence, hard working family men accused of sex offences by the troubled child they fostered.
We also rather selflessly have demonstrated how the same amount of money could be saved without closing 70% of the current providers depriving citizens of their right to a lawyer of their choice and removing the expectation that a lawyer will fight to the best of their ability for their client.
There is a petition to sign if you are against these plans. The response from the ministry is factually misleading actually British justice is quite cheap and countries with lower legal aid spends incur higher expense elsewhere for example in France Examining magistrates perform as civil servants many of the tasks Defence lawyers do in this country so leading to an overall more expensive system.
So sign the petition please