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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the financial and administrative cost on legal businesses of the requirement proposed in his Department's consultation, Transforming Legal Aid, to assess whether EEA nationals have enjoyed a right to reside in the UK for 12 months; and what estimate he has made of the average number of hours per EEA national client it will take a legal aid contractor to assess whether EEA nationals have enjoyed a right to reside in the UK for 12 months.
As part of our consultation “Transforming Legal aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system” we published an impact assessment which is available at
The impact assessment provides that there may be one-off familiarisation costs for providers associated with the introduction of the proposed residency test. Providers may also face increased costs in assessing whether or a not a case qualifies for legal aid and in retaining evidence on file for audit purposes.
We are currently analysing responses and will ensure that we have fully assessed any risks or impacts our proposals may have before making a decision.