The facts that show the impact: LCN's annual review for 2012-13
Read our latest annual report for the latest on our work and the positive impact it has.
LCN Response to the 'Transforming Legal Aid' Consultation
From early April to to early June 2013, the Ministry of Justice has been consulting on a raft of proposals for driving down the cost of legal aid by cutting various elements of the current service and comprehensively overhauling the way criminal legal aid is procured.
Below is the Law Centres Network's main response to the consultation. We are also represented in some joint frameworks which are submitting their own replies, such as the JustRights campaign for children and young people's access to justice, and the Equality and Diversity Forum.
JustRights Response to 'Transforming Legal Aid' Consultation
JustRights is a joint campaign for access to justice for children and young people, which LCN co-chairs together with YouthAccess. JustRights have submitted a consultation response focussing on the impact of proposals for children and young people.
Joint Briefing on Housing in the New Legal Aid Consultation
The Law Centres Network has joined several advice organisations - Shelter, Young Legal Aid Lawyers, Legal Aid Practitioners Group and others - in a briefing condemning new proposals for further cuts to legal aid.
LCN Response to Civil Mediation Council Consultation
In spring 2013, the Civil Mediation Council held a consultation on its role within the burgeoning field of mediation. The consultation focused on the CMC's potential role in introducing a system of professional standards and accreditation for mediators. Here is LCN's response to the consultation.
Supporting Homeless 16- and 17-year-olds
With the assistance of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the Young People’s Programme has completed a review of 138 local authority’s joint working protocols in relation to homeless 16 and 17 year olds. Protocols are documents that should set out clearly what happens to a 16/17 year old on presentation to either the Local Authorities’ housing or social services department. Protocols should go some way to ensuring that young people are not passed pillar to post between the two departments, with the potential consequence that they fall through the gap and remain homeless or in unsuitable and accommodation.
The review came as a response to anecdotal evidence from Law Centre staff, working with young people, who reported that despite clear case law and statutory guidance many homeless 16 and 17 year olds were not being correctly assessed, accommodated and provided with the support they need and are entitled to from the Local Authority.
The report looked at key questions to address whether the protocols were accurately reflecting statutory guidance and case law.
For more information about this report please contact us.