Law Centres: Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 12th November 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 law centres have offered legal aid in each region in each year since 2010.

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

Numbers of recorded Law Centres as at March of each year by LAA Regional Office:

LAA Region

Mar-10

Mar-11

Mar-12

Mar-13

Mar-14

Mar-15

Mar-16

Mar-17

Mar-18

Birmingham

3

3

3

3

7

7

7

7

7

Brighton

1

1

1

1

1

0

1

0

0

Bristol

5

3

3

3

6

5

3

3

3

Cambridge

3

11

11

11

3

3

1

3

3

Cardiff

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

Leeds

5

7

7

7

14

14

9

9

9

Liverpool

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

London

23

25

25

23

30

26

24

24

24

Manchester

8

9

9

8

9

5

5

4

4

Newcastle

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

Nottingham

2

6

5

5

10

9

9

9

9

Reading

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

Grand Total

55

70

69

66

83

72

61

61

61

  • The location provided is based on the LAA office closest to where the law centre office resides based on its postcode.
  • Legal aid contracts are held across a broad base of providers, including Law Centres. Under the 2018 Standard Civil Contract, only 2% of the contracts issued are with Law Centres. A complete list of firms (including both Law Centres and those in private practice) which hold a legal aid contract, and categories of law is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/directory-of-legal-aid-providers. This shows which other firms may provide legal aid services in those regions where a law centre does not operate.

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