Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly and Shadow Justice Minister, has welcomed the decision by the Government to ditch their plans to award legal aid contracts to the lowest bidders.
In a statement to the House of Commons, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said he was abandoning this proposal, which has been criticised by experts from throughout the legal profession.
Speaking after the Justice Secretary’s statement, Wayne David said, “This is a humiliating climb down by the Government. For months their plans for legal aid have been criticised by legal experts including high street solicitors, over 90 top QCs and Lord Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court. But instead of listening to their concerns and those of the Labour Party, Chris Grayling simply dismissed them.
“If the Government had got their way, access to justice for many people would have been threatened, with the very real prospect of increased numbers of miscarriages of justice. Although today’s U-turn is to be welcomed, we still have a Tory-led Government that can no longer be trusted on justice issues. As a result, their plans for legal aid will still need careful consideration to ensure that we don’t end up with a second rate justice system”.