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Citizens Advice Bureau

Justice written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan Conservative, Loughborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of his Department's legal aid budget was allocated to (a) solicitors, (b) Citizens Advice Bureau and (c) other organisations providing legal advice in the last financial year for which figures are available.

Photo of Jonathan Djanogly Jonathan Djanogly The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

During 2009-10, the last financial year for which figures are available, £2.1 billion was spent on legal aid. Of this, £295 million was spent on legal help, which is the level of service under which legal advice is provided in civil matters. The following table shows the proportion of legal help spent on solicitor firms, the CAB and other organisations.

Type of legal aid provider Total legal help spend (£ million) Proportion of legal help budget (percentage)
Solicitors 178.6 60
Citizens Advice Bureau 25.9 9
Other 90.8 31
Total 295.3 100

The figures for solicitors include disbursements, which are paid to solicitors but may then be paid on to other organisations.

The figures for 'Other' include not-for-profit organisations, Community Legal Advice Centres, and telephone advice.

All figures are inclusive of VAT.

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