Lords reject restriction on legal aid for children

Peers have rejected government plans to restrict legal aid for around 6,000 children, instead they have voted for an amendment that would ensure legal aid continued for children in all cases currently covered by the service.

Speaking in favour of the amendment, former Paralympic athlete and cross bencher Baroness Grey-Thompson said: “Children are not adults, they do not have the capacity to represent themselves or to interpret the thousands of pages of laws and regulations that affect them.”