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Welsh MP calls on government to abandon Legal Aid reforms

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 28, 2013

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A WELSH MP has called for the government to abandon plans for changes which would reduce the number of firms who can offer Legal Aid.

Plaid's Elfyn Llwyd met with solicitors from across South Wales, including Swansea, in Westminster last week.

He has now tabled an Early Day Motion calling for it to be abandoned. It has been sponsored by Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Jonathan Edwards.

Mr Llwyd said: "By putting a price on justice, the Government threatens to turn rural areas into advice deserts as far as the quality and accessibility of aid is concerned, and it is inevitable that legal firms will disappear from nearly every high street in the country."

Mr Llwyd said plans to allow only four firms to operate in Dyfed Powys was a "great concern" because of the size of the area and difficulty of travelling in some parts of rural Wales.

"Firms offering Welsh language provision will also be hit hard as the defendant's right to choose the language of their representation disappears, and as large companies from England win contracts to operate in rural Wales," he said.

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