In spite of strong local opposition and challenges by myself, local magistrates, legal professionals and residents of the area regarding the accuracy of many of the assumptions made in the consultation - especially the projected savings - Scunthorpe’s closure is likely to go ahead sometime next year.
Many of the courts already closed by the Tories in the last Parliament are still standing empty and costing millions in upkeep - hardly value for money for the taxpayer.
Under the Tories access to justice has already become unaffordable for many people and it is almost certain that these closures will lead to even more people being denied justice.
The Magistrates’ Association has expressed its concerns and is “very worried” about the impact of the closures and the inevitable additional pressure on the system that could threaten accessible justice.
There are a number of MPs trying to get a debate in the House on this issue, which I'm supporting.