Monday, 15 December 2008

Help Yourself.

Only in the magical world of the Scottish Legal Aid system could you have a fall in the number of cases handled ... which then results in an increase in the amount of public money spent. But good to see that former Labour MSP Gordon Jackson is doing so well for himself since he left the Scottish Parliament.

"Scotland's legal aid bill has risen to a record high while the number of cases has dropped, a new report revealed yesterday. The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) said that taxpayers had paid £155m in the last year for representation, an annual increase of 3%, even though it assisted in 12% fewer cases than the 2006-07 period. The 20 highest-paid advocates saw their fees jump by 26%, with an average income of £229,345, including VAT, from state-funded legal aid alone ... Also at the top of the income table were Tony Graham, in second place with £316,500, and Gordon Jackson QC, a former Labour MSP who lost his Govan seat to Nicola Sturgeon at the last election."

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