Justice ministry budget slashed by a third
Reductions to the Ministry of Justice budget have significantly outpaced the average across Whitehall departments, with a total of 36 per cent of funding expected to have been cut between 2011 and 2019.
Dominic Raab, the justice minister, released the figures last week in a written answer to a question from Richard Burgon, Labour’s shadow justice secretary. Burgon had asked the ministry to produce figures for predicted continued budget cuts until 2021-22, but Raab said that they would not be set until the next spending review.
The austerity programme was started by David Cameron and George Osborne in 2010, with government departments having been expected to find at least 25 per cent savings over several years.
Responding to the latest figures, the Law Gazette, which is published by the Law Society, the body that represents solicitors in England and Wales, said that the figures would “dampen already faint hopes” of increased legal aid spending.