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Editorial

Later this month, LAG celebrates its 45th birthday at a special event where Sir Henry Brooke and LAG patron Baroness Helena Kennedy QC will be in conversation with the writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch.

News

News November 2017

November, 2017 by LAG

Universal credit accelerated roll-out to go ahead
LAPG plans to undo LASPO damage
Senior judiciary criticise legal aid cuts
Housing duty scheme tender now open
MoJ censured over delay in legal aid changes for domestic violence victims
Legal Geek conference brings law and tech together

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has changed its interpretation of the law, and failed to make this clear to anyone who needs legal aid.

Opinion and analysis

The Lammy Review report was finally published on 8 September 2017. Despite my natural scepticism, I found myself genuinely impressed. But will it be acted on? And will it make a difference?

Opinion and analysis

In praise of: 45 years of LAG

November, 2017 by John Gallagher

It is scarcely believable that LAG turns 45 this month. I know I speak for all lawyers, advisers and others with an interest in social justice in celebrating the fact that it is still a beacon in both the national and our personal landscapes.

If it ain’t broke,’ they say, ‘don’t fix it.’ If the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, currently awaiting its committee stage in the House of Commons, becomes law, ‘Is it broke?’ might become a doorway to ministerial power to tinker with the legal legacy of our EU membership.

Column

A tender trap?

November, 2017 by Vicky Ling

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has opened the tender for civil, family and mediation contracts to start on 1 September 2018. If you want to do legal aid work after 31 August 2018, you must submit a bid by the closing date and time: 10 November at 5 pm.

Law and practice

Community care: update

November, 2017 by Karen Ashton and Simon Garlick

Karen Ashton and Simon Garlick examine recent policy and legislative developments, and cases on Care Act 2014 assessment and planning, preference and need, interim support, residential care top-up fees, individual funding requests, the health/social care divide, and the impact of the national minimum wage on ‘sleep-in’ care.

Law and practice

Education: recent developments

November, 2017 by Angela Jackman and Eleanor Wright

Angela Jackman and Eleanor Wright highlight important cases on alternative education arrangements, costs of school placements, tribunal procedure, young people over compulsory school age, travel as special educational need, absence from school, withdrawal of sixth form place offer, the right to education, and the Ofsted inspection complaints procedure.