July 19, 2019

My Weekly Round-Up

DCMS: Over 75s Licence Fee, WW1 Commemoration Report Published This week in DCMS Select Committee I questioned BBC Director General Lord Hall on the removal of the free TV licence fee for over 75’s. This change will hit over 3,610 households in Cardiff Central. This change is only happening because the BBC were ambushed by the Government during the quickest …

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August 4, 2018

Cuts to Legal Aid

As a former legal aid solicitor for nearly thirty years, I have experienced at first hand the impact of the cuts particularly over the last eight years, to the scope and availability of legal aid both in terms of its impacts on citizens but also, the numbers and available access to those solicitors who have managed to continue to undertake …

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June 29, 2017

I Challenge the Solicitor General on Legal Aid and Health and Safety

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, I raised the issue of legal aid availability in Parliament with the Government’s Solicitor General. The Government has announced that it will appoint a Public Independent Advocate to support the victims and families of deceased victims after disasters. We don’t yet know whether the Advocate will simply be a referral point for advice, or whether …

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April 7, 2014

Save Legal Aid Rally

On 1st April I took part in a rally with Justice Alliance UK and Napo, the National Union of Probation Officers, standing up to Chris Grayling’s flawed justice policies. Cuts to Legal Aid are denying people access to justice and privatisation of the probation service – with companies like Sodexo, Serco and G4S running probation – will lead to job losses and will …

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