Criminal Proceedings: Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th May 2018.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number criminal law barristers who will be be affected by the proposed change to legal aid funding in (a) Birmingham and (b) England.

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

We greatly value the work of criminal advocates which is why we worked closely with the Criminal Bar Association and others when designing the new Advocates Graduated Fees Scheme that was introduced in April.

In 2016-17, the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) made payments to 3,715 self-employed advocates with LAA account numbers registered in England and Wales, 242 of which were based in Birmingham. This is based on 2016-17 closed case bills from the LAA’s January-March 2016-17 statistics publication:- https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/legal-aid-statistics-january-to-march-2017

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