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Legal Aid Scheme

Justice written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Labour, Stretford and Urmston

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many persons aged (a) under 18 and (b) 18 to 24 years were in receipt of civil and family legal aid in respect of each type of justiciable matter that will (i) be and (ii) not be eligible for legal aid following the implementation of the Government's proposals in the latest year for which information is available; what proportion of all recipients this represented in each case; and what the cost to the public purse was in each case.

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

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) is able to provide this information and it is shown in the following table. The current data and estimated impact of the reforms are based on 2009-10 closed cases relating to volume and cost of civil family and non-family legal aid for those aged under 18, 18 to 24 and 25 plus.

    Volume (thousand ) Cost (£ million) % volume % cost
Current In scope post reforms Out of scope post reforms Current In scope post reforms Out of scope post reforms In scope post reforms Out of scope post reforms In scope post reforms Out of scope post reforms
Family Under 18 23 23 120 120 100 0 100 0
  18 to 24 55 20 35 90 60 30 37 63 67 33
  25 plus 294 81 215 380 240 140 28 73 63 37
  Total 372 125 250 590 420 170 33 67 71 29
                       
Non family Under 18 18 12 6 25 15 10 67 33 59 40
  18 to 24 69 35 34 35 25 10 50 50 72 29
  25 plus 462 185 275 210 130 80 40 60 62 38
  Total 549 230 315 270 170 100 42 57 63 37
                       
Total civil (family + non-family) Under 18 41 35 6 145 135 10 86 14 93 7
  18 to 24 124 55 69 125 85 40 44 56 68 32
  25 plus 756 265 490 590 370 220 36 65 63 37
  Total 920 355 565 860 590 270 39 61 69 31
Notes: 1. Figures have been rounded appropriately therefore the totals may not sum to their individual components. 2. Telephone advice data are not available by age. Consequently, telephone advice figures have been excluded from this table and saving/volume reduction figures do not tally with those in the published impact assessments. 3. The figures sum legal help and legal representation.

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