Legal Aid Scheme: Cost Effectiveness

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 7th March 2018.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department has undertaken into the cost effectiveness of legal aid for early legal help.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The ability of individuals to resolve their legal problems is vital to a just society. We are committed to ensuring legal aid and other forms of legal support are available to those who need it.

Legal aid for early advice continues to be available in a wide range of cases and last year nearly £100m of public money was spent on early legal advice in civil cases.

We are conducting an evidence-based review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, to assess the changes made against their objectives. We will publish our findings this year.

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