APPG on Public Legal Education launched
An All-Party Parliamentary Group on Public Legal Education (PLE) was launched last month. The group is chaired by Tom Tugendhat, a backbench Conservative MP. Tugendhat is a former journalist and soldier first elected to parliament at the last general election. LAG has been involved in organising the initiative and will provide the secretariat to the group.
‘Despite strong arguments for improving legal capability and problem prevention strategies, PLE remained low priority in the last parliament and funding for it was cut,’ said LAG director Steve Hynes. He believes the group, which parliamentarians from all of the main political parties have pledged to join, will have an important role in raising the importance of PLE among policy-makers.
LAG has also established an advisory board comprising stakeholders from professional bodies, advice networks and the Citizenship Foundation to guide the work of the group.