Legal Aid Scheme: Asylum

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 4th September 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 steps his Department is taking to ensure that legal aid solicitors have the capacity to meet the demand for their services in relation to complex asylum cases.

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

The Legal Aid Agency monitors capacity across legal aid contracts on a regular basis and takes action to ensure there is ongoing availability of legal advice for the public. At a local level, engagement generally takes place through the LAA’s local contract management team, although wider strategic concerns can also be raised by the profession’s representative groups through the regular engagement meetings the LAA holds with those organisations.

The Legal Aid Agency requires that all providers who deliver legal aid to asylum seekers comply with the Law Society’s Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme, with such work being overseen by an appointed supervisor of legal aid work for immigration and asylum cases at each firm.

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