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Central records relating to the Advocate Graduated Fee Scheme do not allow the average time of payment to be easily calculated, and this could be done only at disproportionate cost. The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) processed 90% of invoices under this scheme within 30 working days last year. The following table shows equivalent figures since 2011-12.
|Financial year||Published KPI||Performance against KPI|
|2011-12||95% in 40 working days||75%|
|2012-13||90% in 30 working days||94%|
|2013 to date||90% in 30 working days||96%|
Figures on the longest length of time taken to process closed claims could be generated only at disproportionate cost. However, the oldest dates for payment of cases awaiting processing are as follows. There will be instances when we require further information, as a bill needs further scrutiny to ensure we are using taxpayers' money appropriately. This is entirely the correct thing to do.