The government?s legal aid cuts are aimed at lawyers, the justice secretary Kenneth Clarke said today, as he rejected the Law Society?s claims that they will harm access to justice for the disadvantaged.

Speaking on Radio 4?s Today programme, Clarke said: ?We?re not taking legal aid away from women and children. We?re taking legal aid away from lawyers.? He said that the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (LASPO), which returns to the House of Lords this afternoon, does not close anybody?s access to justice.

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