Legal Aid Agency: Debts

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Peter Kyle Peter Kyle Labour, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will reduce the rate of interest charged by the Legal Aid Agency to individuals who owe that Agency money.

Photo of Peter Kyle Peter Kyle Labour, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason the rate of interest charged by the Legal Aid Agency to individuals who owe that Agency money has been set at 8 per cent.

Photo of Peter Kyle Peter Kyle Labour, Hove

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on individuals who owe money to the Legal Aid Agency of the interest rate on those debts being set at eight per cent.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The rate in the statutory charge is currently set at 8%, which is the same as the Judgment Debt interest rate. The rate was reviewed in 2008/09. There are no current plans to reduce it.

Where legally aided clients successfully gain or retain an asset as a result of the publicly funded legal assistance they receive, they should repay the cost of their legal aid.

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