Legal aid slashed with no thought for consequences, MoJ chief admits

The most senior civil servant at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has admitted that over £300m is being slashed from the legal aid bill without research into the potential effect of the cuts.

Under the cuts pushed through by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, many family, debt, housing and employment cases no longer qualify for legal aid.

Ursula Brennan, the MoJ’s permanent secretary said “the Government was explicit it needed to make these changes swiftly. It was not possible to do research about the current regime.”

The National Audit Office has criticised the MoJ for not considering the effect of such rapid cuts on other areas of public spending.