Policy paper

The implications for access to justice of the Government's proposals to reform legal aid

The government has its response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ seventh report of the 2013–14 session.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



The government has set out its view on the Committee’s recommendations in respect of the proposed residence test, prison law changes and removal of funding from borderline cases.

The government agrees that some further modifications to the proposed residence test are justified to achieve the essential policy aim of targeting legal aid at those with a strong connection to the UK, whilst providing protection for those who are particularly vulnerable.

Published 27 February 2014