Great news! This week, a timely and scathing judgment by a rare three-judge Divisional Court in PLP v Secretary of State for Justice, ruled that the atrocious “residence test” is unlawful. Lord Justice Moses led the judgment, finding that it was not within the Justice Secretary’s power to introduce the residence test, and that its blatantly discriminatory intentions and effects are unjustified.
This post will give a round up on some of the latest significant legal aid and immigration news, focussing on the residence test, the evident, grim impact of LASPO 2012, and the Home Secretary’s win over minimum income requirements in the Court of Appeal.
When the latest wave of legal aid changes was proposed last year, the residence test was immediately one of the top concerns (see September blog… Read more »