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Government looking to price vulnerable out of justice system - Foster

People looking to appeal against local authority licensing decisions could see the cost increase by 1500% under new Government proposals.

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Currently, somebody looking to lodge an appeal would have to pay £25 in court fees, but the Government is considering increasing the cost to £400, after consultations that closed yesterday [Monday].


Legal aid is not available in such cases, making it even more difficult for some people to lodge an appeal.


Don has written to the consultation team to express his opposition to the proposal. 


Commenting, he said:


“This dramatic increase effectively leaves the least well off in our society without access to justice and the right of appeal.


“Somebody looking to appeal against a nightclub in their street getting a late licence could be priced out of the system.”



“How anyone can think a 1500% increase is an acceptable reform of the current system is quite simply beyond me.
 
Is this what Tony Blair meant when he said there should be access to justice for all who need it?
 
“I urge people to follow my lead and protest against this outrageous hike in costs.”


ENDS

This article published: 26/06/2023

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