In brief: LAB accused of 'running legal aid agenda'

The Legal Aid Board has been accused of overstepping its role and setting the pace for legal aid reform by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group. An editorial of the group's journal Legal Aid News claims to have identified “worrying trends” suggesting the board rather than the Lord Chancellor's Department is “running the legal aid agenda”. “As a conduit between the profession and the public purse, the board should be a follower rather than a leader of government policy.”