FOREIGNERS TO BE BANNED FROM ACCESS TO CIVIL LEGAL AID – Currently Legal Aid, in regards to Civil cases, in the UK costs the British taxpayer approximately £1.7 billion a year and the Government will, from next year, apply the ‘residency test’ to foreigners seeking legal aid for civil cases.
Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary, announced the move in order to save an estimated £300 million a year and which will stop Britain from becoming a ‘soft touch’ from foreigners and more importantly terrorists who continue to claim that their human rights have been violated due to military interrogation methods.
Yes, currently if a military personnel shouts at a suspected or known terrorist he or she has the right to apply for Legal Aid so that he or she may sue the Government for damages due to Human Rights abuses.
This debacle was created by Tony Blair’s Government with the introduction of the Human Rights Act 1998 and of course his signing of the treaty that tied and shackled Britain into the European Convention on Human Rights.
According to Mr. Grayling the ban, the new system would prevent anyone access to legal aid, for civil cases, unless they are able to prove they have been residing in Britain legally for a minimum period of one year.
“I am very firmly of the belief that, in principle, individuals should have a strong connection to the UK in order to benefit from the civil legal aid scheme.” Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary
All very admirable but the issue here is that it is a foregone conclusion that the European Union will have something to say about this – in fact they are almost certain to declare this an illegal act; as they are currently doing with the ‘residency test’ which prevents welfare being handed out to all and sundry.
£300 million is certainly a vast sum of money but many will be wondering if Mr. Grayling’s actions will simply result in massive EU fines; resulting in the despot parliament being able to fill its coffers with taxpayer’s money in order to keep it afloat.
I am certainly not knocking Mr. Grayling’s efforts; any measures to reduce the burden to the taxpayer is most admirable but with the continuous interference by the EU it is certain that such a move will be contested and will end up costing the taxpayer more money.
The ‘residency test’ also covers issues of foreigners being allowed access to state welfare, another issue that the EU is currently challenging for its legality. Ministers, including the Prime Minister, David Cameron, have stated that it will defy any EU ruling on this matter in order to protect Britain, its people and its economy.