Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 26th November 2018.

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Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Conservative, Wantage

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to consult specialist bereavement organisations on Government policy to support bereaved families in seeking legal aid.

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

As part of its review of legal aid for inquests, over the summer my Department carried out a call for evidence exercise, conducted surveys of key stakeholders, and officials met bereaved people as well as groups which represent their interests.

The Department is now considering the responses and other feedback. Any significant changes to policy will be presented in a public consultation as part of the final report, in which anyone interested in this issue including members of the public and specialist bereavement organisations will be invited to respond to this consultation exercise. We intend to publish the final report by the end of the year.

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