Scots escape legal aid rules

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NEW rules preventing prisoners from claiming legal aid to pursue complaints against the prison system will not apply in Scotland, it has emerged.

The Scottish Legal Aid board has said the UK Government move is only valid in England and Wales.

Earlier this week, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said taxpayers’ money was being used for “unnecessary legal cases” that could be dealt with by the prison service. If it goes ahead, there could be 11,000 fewer cases