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9 November 2016
Huge changes are afoot in the civil service that will leave jobs slashed and public services a husk of their former selves. Given that 86,000 jobs have already been axed from the civil service over the past five years, this may seem like old news but the scale and scope of the Tories' austerity-driven changes are only now being revealed.
10 February 2016
Justice Secretary Michael Gove has made a complete u-turn on cuts to legal aid at the end of January.
14 October 2015
Probation and family courts workers - gathering in Eastbourne for their union Napo's conference - face an uncertain future as the full scale of cuts and privatisation comes into view.
1 July 2015
Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles.
18 March 2015
Paul Heron reviews 'On Liberty' by Shami Chakrabati
4 March 2015
Late for supper: Almost 100,000 children in poor families went hungry last year because of government cuts or sanctions imposed on their parents' benefits
9 April 2014
Private vultures hoping to swoop down and feed off the remains of local Probation Trusts got a nasty shock when thousands of workers took strike action in defence of a fully integrated public service, writes Chas Berry, Kent Napo branch chair, personal capacity.
13 March 2014
It is rare, if it happens at all, that those of us on the left attend protests and demonstrations with Tory party grandees among the speakers...
27 February 2014
Justice under the knife: Ahead of the 7 March strike by lawyers, Russell Fraser, joint secretary of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers speaks about the implications of the cuts to justice and the plans to fight them
8 January 2014
Between Christmas and New Year, thousands of tenants in rent arrears were dragged into courts across the country facing possession orders
27 November 2013
Secretary of State Chris Grayling's plans to privatise large parts of the criminal justice system suffered a severe blow last week with the announcement that three prisons in South Yorkshire set for private takeover will now remain in public hands, writes Chas Berry, Kent branch chair, National Association of Probation Officers (Napo).
5 June 2013
The new proposals will seriously undermine access to justice. Opportunities, through judicial review, to hold the government to account will be severely curbed
22 May 2013
A demonstration outside parliament is being held on 22 May against the Con-Dems' proposals to further cut legal aid
20 July 2011
For those of us working in legal aid, the initial government Green Paper - Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales - heralded a massive attack not only on our jobs, but also our clients, the welfare state and the principle of justice, writes Paul Heron.
20 July 2011
One year after the closure of Refugee Migrant Justice (RMJ) in June 2010, the other main UK provider of free legal advice and representation to asylum seekers and migrant workers has now also been shut down, writes Eric Segal, former RMJ Unite rep.
6 June 2011
Up to 100 people attended a protest on Friday in Coventry city centre against the Con-Dem cuts to legal aid. This was just one of many protests that took place around the country...
17 November 2010
THE COALITION government intends to virtually end legal aid in civil cases, with few exceptions. This devastating move will turn the clock back 60 years by denying justice to hundreds of thousands of people...
17 June 2010
Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ), the largest provider of specialist legal advice for asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants in England and Wales, went into administration on June 16 2010...
17 March 2010
Legal aid in crisis: "Do you think they'll evict me?" - this is the question I was asked recently at the County Court. I was the duty solicitor representing a housing association tenant who had £2,200 rent arrears. Usually...
19 March 2009
SINCE LAST summer five law centres have closed down, and a specialist welfare benefit appeals service has closed its doors after 24 years serving many of London's most vulnerable people, writes Paul Heron.
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