Earlier this month, justice secretary Chris Grayling said convicted criminals could be barred from claiming legal aid to fund "unnecessary" complaints about the prison system. He said he was "appalled" at taxpayers' money being used by prisoners to bring "unnecessary legal cases" that could be dealt with by the prison service's internal complaints system. He said the changes would save £4m a year and cut the number of cases by 11,000.

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