Bob Reitemeier's response to the government's reform of legal aid

21 June 2011

Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive from The Children's Society, said:

'There is a danger with these reforms that access to justice for children and young people will be seriously undermined.

'In a rush to achieve financial savings the government has failed to recognise that children and young people are different from adults. Their developmental nature and varying levels of maturity should be taken into consideration at all times.

'It is essential that access to justice is maintained. Providing access to good quality, publicly funded legal advice is not only the right thing to do, but there is also an economic imperative. Early legal advice and support can bring substantial cost savings by preventing problems escalating in the long run.'

Ends

- The chief executives of Britain’s five biggest children’s charities, including The Children’s Society, wrote directly to the Secretary of State for Justice, outlining their concerns around the legal aid review.

- Read our response to the Ministry of Justice’s Green Paper on the reform of legal aid in England and Wales - http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/policy-and-lobbying/consultation-responses

- For further information please contact Lorna Harris in The Children’s Society media team. Email: lorna.harris@childrenssociety.org.uk. Telephone: 020 7841 4424.