The APG on Legal Aid holds regular meetings at Parliament to discuss issues relating to legal aid. Meetings focus on specific topics, such as Government consultations, and generally follow the format of an address by an expert speaker or panel, followed by an open discussion of the topic. Speakers include representatives from Government, Parliament, the legal professions, clients, charities, advice agencies and many others. The APG's terms of reference are as follows:
“To promote parliamentary and public understanding of the importance of the role of publicly funded legal services as a pillar of the welfare state and in reducing inequalities in society. To scrutinize and influence any proposals for the reform of Legal Aid provision to ensure that access to justice for all members of society is preserved and improved.”
The APG website provides information about upcoming meetings, as well as minutes from past meetings. The Group also sends out regular updates by email. If you would like to be added to the APG's mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting "APG on Legal Aid" in the subject line.