The other week Men and women in wigs joined picket lines to protest at planned cuts to legal aid.
The cuts, of up to £220 million a year by 2018-2019, will hit the legal aid budget which is used to fund legal representation for those unable to afford it themselves.
Naturally, nobody wants to see cuts to legal aid. The ability for anyone to have high-quality legal representation is a key component of our society
Cuts need to be made across the board and these cuts are modest compared to those on other parts of Government expenditure considering the current legal aid budget exceeds £1.8 billion per year.
Furthermore, despite the impact of these cuts on the incomes of legal professionals, they remain some of the UK’s better paid professionals. Whilst they will certainly be affected, they will not be as hard hit as other people may be, by further cuts to welfare, for example.
In an ideal world, the planned cut to legal aid would of course be reversed as soon as possible and it would be even better to increase funding from its current level. However, for now, it is another necessary measure towards cutting the budget deficit, keeping interest rates low and building a stronger economy.