Legal aid cuts will not cost jobs - David Ford

Legal aid cuts won't cost jobs, according to Justice Minister David Ford.

Legal aid cuts won't cost jobs, according to Justice Minister David Ford.

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Multimillion-pound cuts to the legal aid budget in Northern Ireland will not cost any lawyers their jobs, Stormont’s Justice Minister has insisted.

David Ford told the Assembly that those in the legal profession warning of the consequences of his efforts to reduce the £100 million annual bill had failed to provide him with evidence there would be redundancies.

But the SDLP’s Alban Maginness, himself a qualified barrister, questioned whether the minister was living in the “real world” with his assertion that such major cut-backs would not have an impact on jobs.

 

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