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, what information his Department holds on the number of welfare cases involving disability benefits which were granted legal aid in each year since 2011-12.

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

Financial Year

Legal help disability related welfare benefits completed matters

2011-2012

29,801

2012-2013

26,185

2013-2014

6,892

2014-2015

401

2015-2016

113

2016-2017

308

Volumes are based on the period in which providers submit claims for work completed; information is not held at this level of detail for matter starts.

It should be noted that the figures provided in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 relate to disability living allowance and also attendance allowance matters. We are unable to specify how many of these matters relate solely to disability living allowance cases. The volumes provided from 2013-2014 onwards relate to disability living allowance/attendance allowance and personal independence payments claims. It is not possible to report on civil representation certificates granted.

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