Legal Aid Scheme

Justice written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Michael McCann Michael McCann Labour, East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how much public interest lawyers have received in legal aid for cases against the Department for Work and Pensions in each of the last 10 years;

(2) how much public interest lawyers have received in legal aid for cases against the Ministry of Defence in each of the last 10 years;

(3) how much public interest lawyers have received in legal aid for cases against the Home Office in each of the last 10 years;

(4) how many cases against the Department for Work and Pensions were funded by legal aid in each of the last 10 years;

(5) how many cases against the Ministry of Defence were funded by legal aid in each of the last 10 years;

(6) how many cases against the Home Office were funded by legal aid in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) cannot separately identify legal aid cases against the Department for Work and Pensions, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office. Opponents are not systematically recorded against Legal Aid cases.

The net payments to Public Interest Lawyers over the past 10 years were:

Financial year Net Payments (£)
2003-04 139,620.72
2004-05 158,282.52
2005-06 251,844.27
2006-07 299,667.99
2007-08 577,263.60
2008-09 628,527.75
2009-10 267,433.88
2010-11 439,268.02
2011-12 331,238.85
2012-13 50,633.27

These payments cover all work undertaken by the firm under legal aid. The payments made will be offset by recoupment on successful cases where the opponent has paid the costs.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.