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Legal Aid Scheme

Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of John Woodcock John Woodcock Labour, Barrow and Furness

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Government's proposed reforms to legal aid funding on provider choice in rural areas.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Between 9 April and 4 June 2013 the Government consulted on a number of proposals to reform legal aid via the ‘Transforming Legal Aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system’ consultation. This included a proposed model of competitive tendering for criminal legal aid services. We have been clear we must continue to bear down on the cost of legal aid, including the £1 billion of taxpayers' money spent on criminal legal aid a year, to ensure we are getting the best deal for the taxpayer.

Five impact assessments have been written in relation to this consultation and they address the numbers of legal aid recipients that would potentially be affected by these proposals. The impact assessments are as follows:

1) Civil Credibility Impact Assessment

2) Crime Credibility Impact Assessment

3) Civil Fees Impact Assessment

4) Crime Fees Impact Assessment

5) Criminal Litigation Price Competition Impact Assessment.

They are all available to download from the Consultation webpage which can be found here:


The analysis supporting this was undertaken at the national level, rather than at the regional level.

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