Legal Aid Scheme: Social Security Benefits

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many welfare cases were granted legal aid in each year since 2011-12; and how many of those cases involved a challenge to a decision to remove an entitlement to benefits.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The number of welfare cases granted legal aid is published in the National Statistics on legal aid in England and Wales, at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/legal-aid-statistics-january-to-march-2017 (table 5.1 and table 6.2). Note that it is not possible to report on how many of these cases involved a challenge to remove an entitlement to benefits, as this level of detail is not recorded.

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