Developing a strategy for access to advice and support on Social Welfare Law in England and Wales
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Report Launch

The Low Commission's report was launched at packed event on January 13th in the House of Commons. Following Lord Low's introduction to the Report, Lord Woolf (former Lord Chief Justice), Lord McNally (recent Justice Minister) and Andy Slaughter MP (Opposition Justice Spokesman) all gave speeches welcoming the report.

Lord Woolf commented that this was a milestone report, with similar scope and ambitions to his own Civil Justice Review which led to a major overhaul in the way the courts operate - the challenge would be to secure the resources to put the proposed new framework for social welfare advice and legal support into effect.

Lord McNally, now stepping down from the Ministry of Justice to take up the Chair of the Youth Justice Board, said how important it was for independent commissions like this to be able to contribute to Government thinking and drive a new agenda forwards in light of the recent difficult legal aid reforms.

Andy Slaughter was so impressed with the report that he suggested that the Opposition should shamelessly raid from it, and be willing to use the report as a policy blueprint should they find themselves in Government in 2015