Legal Aid Scheme

Justice written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of David Anderson David Anderson Labour, Blaydon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of his proposed changes to legal aid on victims of human trafficking.

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

At around £2 billion a year we have one of the most expensive legal aid systems of its type in the world. The consultation paper, “Transforming Legal Aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system”, contained a range of measures aimed at reducing the cost of and promoting public confidence in the legal aid scheme, including a proposal that those applying for civil legal aid should have a strong connection to the UK (with exceptions for asylum seekers, serving members of Her Majesty's armed forces and their immediate families).

We have analysed responses to our consultation carefully and will publish our response shortly.

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