Legal Aid

Justice written question – answered at on 17 May 2011.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received legal aid services in (a) Barnsley Central constituency and (b) South Yorkshire in 2010.

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

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) is responsible for administering the legal aid scheme in England and Wales.

The LSC does not record the number of people who receive legal aid, but instead records the number of ‘acts of assistance’. One individual may receive a number of separate acts of assistance, and one act of assistance can help more than one person.

The following table shows the number of acts of assistance delivered by legal aid providers with postcodes falling within Barnsley Central constituency during 2009-10. All acts of assistance are based on the solicitor’s location, which may not reflect where the client is based. The figures do not include legal aid received via telephone, the housing possession court duty scheme, or family mediation, as these figures are not available on a constituency level.

Assistance type Number
Crime Lower claims 3,851
Legal Help New Matter Starts 2,445
Civil Representation certificates issued 656
Crime Higher closed cases 602

The LSC is currently collating data relating to South Yorkshire. I will write to the hon. Member once the information has been verified and place a copy in the Library of the House.

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