Archive for the 'budgets' Category

High Court challenge to library closures in the West – BBC News

“Two county councils which want to close libraries in the west of England are facing a judicial review.”

Full story

BBC News, 3rd May 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Councils mount legal challenge over academies cuts – BBC News

“A group of English local authorities are mounting a legal challenge against government budget cuts tied to its academies expansion programme.”

Full story

BBC News, 3rd May 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal aid cuts will harm children, says champion of justice for the poor – The Guardian

“Tireless Pauline McIntyre, who works in one of the UK’s most deprived areas, says family law is unfairly seen as a soft target.”

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The Guardian, 18th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bar Chairman: We Will Continue to Make Case on Effect of Cuts – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has pledged to continue to make the case on the effect of legal aid cuts, as the Justice Select Committee announced its response to Government proposals.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 31st March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Legal aid cuts: penny-wise and pound-foolish – The Guardian

“Cutting funds for the poor and vulnerable to defend their rights will simply push the costs on to other government departments.”

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The Guardian, 1st April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act 2011 – legislation.gov.uk

Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act 2011 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Legal aid cuts: misleading statistics from the MoJ – The Guardian

“LAG believes that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been guilty of playing rather fast and loose in its interpretation of the figures on the impact of the proposed civil legal aid cuts.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ken Clarke warned over ‘catastrophic’ community punishment cuts – The Guardian

“Imminent budget cuts are set to create a funding ‘black hole’ in the criminal justice system with catastrophic consequences for innovative community sentences, experts have warned.”

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The Guardian, 8th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Child Poverty Action Group mounts legal challenge to welfare reform – The Guardian

“The government is facing a legal challenge to its controversial plans to cap housing benefit payments on the grounds that large areas of the south-east will become off limits to the poor, with lone parents and ethnic minorities ‘disproportionately affected’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Library campaigners mount legal challenges to closures – The Guardian

“Pressure is building on culture secretary Jeremy Hunt over library closures, with the mounting of two new legal challenges.”

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The Guardian, 1st March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Classifying offenders could lead to criminal justice revolution – The Guardian

“Imagine being able to predict which offenders will go on to commit serious crimes. Juliet Rix on a new system that could have a drastic impact on the justice system.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Most senior judge attacks legal aid plans – Daily Telegraph

“Cuts to legal aid will have ‘serious implications for the quality of justice’, the country’s most senior judge warned yesterday in a scathing attack on Kenneth Clarke’s plans.”

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Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Related link: Q&A: Legal Aid

Library cuts in Somerset and Gloucestershire challenged – BBC News

“A High Court challenge is being launched over public library closures.”

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BBC News, 23rd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Q&A: Building Schools for the Future court case – The Guardian

“Details of the judicial review into the government’s scrapping of the school building programme.”

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The Guardian, 11th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Butler-Sloss issues warning over legal aid cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

“The government’s planned legal aid cuts will have a ‘serious adverse long-term effect’ on the justice system, a former president of the family division of the High Court has warned.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Gove loses court battle over cancelled school building projects – The Guardian

“A high court judge has ordered the education secretary, Michael Gove, to reconsider his decision to cancel scores of multimillion-pound school rebuilding projects.”

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The Guardian, 11th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid cuts ‘crude and brutal’ – The Independent

“Proposed cuts to the legal aid budget will cost more than they save and could leave more than half a million people ‘silenced in court’, legal experts have warned.”

Full story

The Independent, 14th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Supreme Court independence ‘threatened’ by funding – BBC News

“The president of the UK’s Supreme Court has warned that its independence cannot be properly guaranteed because of the way it is funded by the government.”

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BBC News, 9th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Fawcett Society loses court challenge to legality of budget – The Guardian

“The Fawcett Society has been refused permission to challenge the legality of the government’s emergency budget.”

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The Guardian, 6th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid lawyers were struggling even before the cuts – The Guardian

“These are dark days for junior legal aid lawyers. Even before the cuts to the legal aid budget were announced last month, they were struggling to get by on salaries that are among the lowest in the public sector (£16,650 for trainee solicitors and £10,000 for trainee barristers, rising to little more than £25,000 after several years in the job). Now they’re bracing themselves for their practices to be decimated as many of their clients lose eligibility for state funding.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

High court judge to rule if coalition’s budget is biased against women – The Guardian

“A high court challenge aimed at overturning the government’s emergency, summer budget is due to be heard today.”

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The Guardian, 6th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

George Osborne to be investigated by watchdog over cuts – The Guardian

“Equality commission set to launch formal assessment into the Treasury’s conduct prior to last month’s spending review.”

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The Guardian, 26th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid: annotated government proposals for reform – The Guardian

“Legal affairs correspondent, Afua Hirsch, dissects the green paper on legal aid and gives her views on the most important passages. Click on the highlighted paragraphs to read their comments or use the annotations bar at the top of the page to flick through them.”

Proposal for Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales

The Guardian, 17th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Appeal court ruling clears way for councils to cut social care services – The Guardian

“Local councils have been given the green light by the courts to cut social care services to elderly and disabled people previously assessed by law as needing them.”

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The Guardian, 4th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (Savva) v Kensington and Chelsea Royal London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Regina (Savva) v Kensington and Chelsea Royal London Borough Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1209; [2010] WLR (D) 275

“When exercising its duty under s 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 to make arrangements to meet an individual’s needs, a local authority was entitled to consider what that individual’s needs were in relative terms as the starting point for calculating the personal budget allocated to meet them, and had to give reasons for its decision.”

WLR Daily, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Kenneth Clarke and Lord Judge: a plain-speaking verdict on life after cuts – The Guardian

“Lord chancellor and lord chief justice share a talent for bluntness, but who is the most realistic about how the deficit will affect the legal system?”

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The Guardian, 28th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Fawcett Society takes the cuts to court – The Guardian

“When feminist campaigners saw a palpable threat to women in the coalition government’s spending plans, with the help of Yvette Cooper’s calculations they launched the first ever legal challenge to the budget.”

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Top judge Lord Justice Goldring wants to save 34 courts – BBC News

“The senior presiding judge for England and Wales has said he cannot back the closure of 18 of the 103 magistrates’ courts earmarked for closure.”

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BBC News, 21st October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Post-CSR Legal Aid Notice from the Bar Council – The Bar Council

“Following today’s (20 October) statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Comprehensive Spending Review, we have spoken with Jonathan Djanogly, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, about the Ministry’s contribution to reducing the deficit.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 20th October 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Public sector lawyers split on Government spending cuts – The Lawyer

“The implications of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) for local government legal services will be immense.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 20th October 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Kenneth Clarke pledges to cut daily prison population – The Guardian

“The justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, today made an unexpected pledge to cut the record 85,000 daily prison population in England and Wales by 3,000 within four years.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyers put forward alternatives to legal aid cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society has warned the government against hitting the most vulnerable by making legal aid bear the brunt of the Ministry of Justice cuts.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 19th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Kenneth Clarke reveals what cuts will mean for the courts – The Guardian

“This month, the justice secretary, Kenneth Clarke, is expected to outline ways in which he could cut around a quarter of his department’s annual budget. Making prisoners work for 40 hours a week — the policy Clarke outlined at the Conservative conference on Tuesday — won’t go very far towards producing the £2bn or so of savings that he needs.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Osborne’s Budget may have breached equality law – The Independent

“The Equality and Human Rights Commission may take action against the Treasury for not meeting its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 to consider the impact on specific groups before announcing its plans in the emergency Budget in June.”

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The Independent, 26th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Coalition budget faces legal challenge from Fawcett Society over claims women will bear brunt of cuts – The Guardian

“The coalition government’s emergency budget could be branded unlawful after a groundbreaking legal case was launched in the high court. Papers filed on Friday claim that Treasury officials broke the law by failing to carry out an assessment of whether the plans for heavy spending cuts would hit women hardest.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Finance (No. 2) Act 2010

Finance (No. 2) Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Budget cut of 25% will ‘deny justice’, warns Crown Prosecution Service – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service has told the attorney general’s office its 25% budget cut will ‘damage frontline services’ and ‘delay and possibly deny justice’, according to a copy of its draft submission to the Treasury, which the Guardian has seen.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

2010 Budget – HM Treasury

“The Chancellor, George Osborne, today presented the first Budget of the Coalition Government.”

Full story

HM Treasury, 22nd June 2010

Source: www.hm-treasury.gov.uk

Finance Act 2010

Finance Act 2010 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Budget 2010: Budget documents – BBC News

“Read all the official documents from Alistair Darling’s 2010 Budget report in PDF form.”

Full story

BBC News, 24th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Fiscal Responsibility Act 2010

Fiscal Responsibility Act 2010 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Chief constable takes Government to court over ‘irrational’ budget row – Daily Telegraph

“Mark Rowley, the head of Surrey police, said he would fight local government ministers in the High Court over a decision which means he will have to slash £1.6 million from the force’s budget and will ‘erode’ his ability to protect the public.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 27th May 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Legal community slams Budget’s non-doms policy – The Lawyer

“The Chancellor Alistair Darling has pushed ahead with plans to hit non-domiciled residents with a £30,000 annual tax, with the levy kicking in once they have lived in the UK for seven years.”

Full story

The Lawyer, 12th March 2008

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Budget 2008 – HM Treasury

The 2008 Budget Report was published on 12 March 2008.

Full Report

Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Budget statement

HM Treasury, 12th March 2008

Source: www.hm-treasury.gov.uk

Consolidated Fund Act 2007

Consolidated Fund Act 2007 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk


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