The latter is particularly important in London where house prices and rents have increased beyond a level which is affordable to ‘ordinary’ workers who do not have the advantage of inherited wealth. London is also particularly challenging as economics of scale of volume are offset by the vast amounts of travel and waiting involved in negotiating the huge unplanned criminal justice space which stretches from Harrow to Dagenham and Wood Green to Croydon as well as reaching out to Luton, Hatfield, Crawley and Heathrow.
Whatever its faults and shortcomings what has happened to legal aid in the 21st century has been a tragedy. Civil and crime have been cleaved apart, millions have been taken out of scope and the rates of pay are now below any economic level for ordinary work. This proposal attempts to address these issues.