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)|
|Citizens Advice Bureau||25.9||9|
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.