Commentators have expressed dismay over the level of funding set aside in the 2021 Budget to support the justice system in England and Wales.

The government has pledged £450m for 2020 - 2021, which includes funding to ensure safety in prisons and courts and funding to reduce backlogs in the crown court caused by covid-19.

David Greene, president of the Law Society, commented: “We are disappointed that the government has not committed to spend any more than the £450m pledged to the justice system at the Spending Review last year."

He added: “Access to justice has suffered throughout the pandemic as already underfunded legal aid providers have struggled to stay afloat. The consequences of...

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