Chancellor has demanded £11.5bn in spending reductions, with most Whitehall departments required to find savings of up to 10%
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Monday 14 February 2011
Proposed cuts to the legal aid budget will cost more than they save and could leave more than half a million people "silenced in court", legal experts have warned.
Sunday 13 February 2011
David Cameron has fought back against accusations that his vision of the Big Society is simply a "cover" for Government spending cuts.
Tuesday 01 February 2011
The Bribery Act faces a second delay to give business time to deal with its tough new rules. The Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke acted after an intense lobbying campaign from groups, such as the CBI, which want the rules – covering how companies handle overseas contracts – to be reconsidered.
Thursday 27 January 2011
David Cameron and George Osborne are trusted to see Britain through its economic problems more than Ed Miliband and Ed Balls, their Labour counterparts, according to a new survey by ComRes. People also believe the poor rather than the rich will be most affected by public spending cuts. The findings suggest that the Coalition Government has failed to convince people that those "with the broadest shoulders" will bear the brunt of the cuts while the most vulnerable will be protected.
Wednesday 26 January 2011
Britain's economy will not return to normal for another two or three years, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke warned today.
Thursday 20 January 2011
Young offenders institutions should be replaced by neighbourhood "academies" to help cut the number of youths in custody by two thirds, a former chief inspector of prisons said in plans to be launched today.
Sunday 19 December 2010
Thursday 16 December 2010
David Cameron last night promised to reform the new body in charge of MPs' expenses unless it improves its performance by next April.
Wednesday 15 December 2010
Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke today denied there was any Cabinet rift over his sentencing proposals which could see thousands fewer offenders jailed.
Tuesday 07 December 2010
A key Conservative election pledge that anyone caught carrying a knife could expect a jail term has been dropped by the Justice Secretary.
Sunday 05 December 2010
Monday 29 November 2010
Magistrates will call on the Government today to double their sentencing powers, in a move that could lead to fewer jury trials.
Friday 26 November 2010
Opponents of electoral reform suffered embarrassment last night after wrongly claiming that a senior Cabinet minister would play a prominent role in the drive for a "no" vote in next year's referendum.
Thursday 25 November 2010
A man jailed for 45 years for plotting to blow up an Israeli airliner today challenged the Government's refusal to accept the Parole Board's recommendation to release him.
Monday 15 November 2010
Legal aid in civil cases will be restricted to people with total assets – including their homes – worth less than £1,000, under measures to be announced later this week. The Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, will warn that payments in England and Wales will be restricted to those "who need it most" as part of a rethink of the £2.1bn-a-year scheme.
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