UK has a very heavy compensation culture and each person knows his or her legal rights as best as the other person does. We know our legal rights because it is affordable for us to have legal representatives where needed despite a lack of raise in wages and a gradually recovering economy. Now, legal aid cuts may actually affect our legal rights, or will it really hit?
According to this article, many legal personnel, including barristers, law students, solicitors and others, are protesting the cuts because they deem it unnecessary. Let’s break down the facts.
The BBC article says that £2 billion of our taxes go to legal aids every year, with most of it going for criminal defences and civil cases. The cut will remove £220 million from the total cost.
How much do you actually spend on legal services?
Sure our banks can cheat us, or another business could just reject our claim for a defective product and a solicitor comes in handy. Of course, UK’s legal aid helpfulness is flawless during accident cases and burden of responsibility for safety cases, but if you think about it, a legal aid cut of £220 million could be used for us in other ways, say, welfare or property buying.
If this actually strikes a balance for our country’s fiscal needs, then it is a good choice. It won’t be too hurtful to add a few pounds for legal aid when it could generate some positive consequences on our part.