At around £2billion a year we have one of the most expensive legal aid systems in the world, and it would remain very generous even after reform.
We entirely agree lawyers should be paid fairly for their work, and believe our proposals do just that. We also agree legal aid is a vital part of our justice system - that's why we have to find efficiencies to ensure it remains sustainable and available to those most in need of a lawyer.
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There was disappointment for Swansea City after they lost to Manchester City for the second time in a week.
Windy with outbreaks of heavy rain pushing across the area through the evening and first part of the night.
Today will be bright, breezy and dry for most and rather windy in the northwest.