Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 21st September 2021.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many providers of criminal legal aid services there were in each year from 2012-13 to the most recent quarter for which figures are available.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offices were providing criminal legal aid services in (a) each year from 2012-13 to 2020-21 and (b) the most recent quarter for which figures are available.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civil legal aid providers there were (a) in each year from 2012-2013 to 2020-21 and (b) for the last quarter for which figures are available.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offices were providing civil legal aid in (a) in year from 2012-13 to 2020-21 and (b) the last quarter for which figures are available.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civil legal aid practitioners were providing civil legal aid involving (a) claims against public authorities, (b) community care, (c) discrimination, (d) education (e) immigration and asylum, (f) family, (g) clinical negligence, (h) mental health, (i) public law and (j) welfare benefits in each year from 2012-13 to 2020-21 and for the last quarter for which figures are available.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many civil legal aid offices were providing civil legal aid involving (a) claims against public authorities, (b) community care, (c) discrimination, (d) education (e) immigration and asylum, (f) family, (g) clinical negligence, (h) mental health, (i) public law and (j) welfare benefits in each year from 2012-13 to 2020-21 and for the last quarter for which figures are available.

Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice)

The Legal Aid Agency frequently reviews market capacity to make sure there is adequate provision around the country and moves quickly to ensure provision where gaps may appear.

Operational system data on the volume of providers holding legal aid contracts at any given time is subject to change due to the internal management and updating of contract schedules, which may impact both real time and historic data.

Criminal legal aid providers (firms) and offices in each year, from 2012 to most recent quarter:

Year

Apr-12

Apr-13

Apr-14

Apr-15

Apr-16

Apr-17

Apr-18

Apr-19

Apr-20

Apr-21

Sep-21

Providers

1,652

1,595

1,513

1,425

1,386

1,310

1,266

1,194

1,154

1,090

1,080

Offices

2,318

2,258

2,142

2,040

1,969

1,981

1,913

1,802

1,717

1,589

1,565

Civil legal aid providers (firms) and offices in each year, from 2012 to most recent quarter:

Year

Apr-12

Apr-13

Apr-14

Apr-15

Apr-16

Apr-17

Apr-18

Apr-19

Apr-20

Apr-21

Sep-21

Providers

2,129

1,811

1,700

1,785

1,697

1,601

1,448

1,560

1,497

1,435

1,401

Offices

3,242

3,133

2,944

2,931

2,769

2,609

2,369

2,536

2,439

2,316

2,258

Civil legal aid providers (firms) and offices in each year, broken down by category of law enquired about, from 2012 to most recent quarter:

Volume of Providers (firms)

Category of Law

Apr-12

Apr-13

Apr-14

Apr-15

Apr-16

Apr-17

Apr-18

Apr-19

Apr-20

Apr-21

Sep-21

Claims Against the Public Authorities

63

58

54

53

65

65

64

80

74

71

70

Community Care

85

83

71

91

87

81

76

94

88

83

82

Discrimination

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

18

17

Education

24

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

13

10

Immigration Asylum

197

239

226

199

182

166

141

203

189

176

172

Immigration Other*

198

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Family

1,557

1,352

1,269

1,211

1,160

1,090

1,003

1,029

992

959

937

Clinical Negligence

169

166

156

142

107

106

100

100

99

95

93

Mental Health

172

168

160

176

169

158

147

156

147

135

135

Public Law

87

83

79

74

92

89

84

110

99

95

95

Welfare Benefits

286

0

14

15

15

16

14

52

41

38

36

Volume of Offices

Category of Law

Apr-12

Apr-13

Apr-14

Apr-15

Apr-16

Apr-17

Apr-18

Apr-19

Apr-20

Apr-21

Sep-21

Claims Against the Public Authorities

83

79

74

72

80

80

78

119

112

104

101

Community Care

140

131

115

163

142

136

124

146

137

129

127

Discrimination

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

23

22

21

Education

28

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

18

22

19

Immigration Asylum

228

405

376

323

285

262

229

303

281

263

257

Immigration Other*

229

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Family

2,328

2,254

2,134

2,001

1,890

1,732

1,616

1,713

1,654

1,575

1,537

Clinical Negligence

291

285

267

248

196

191

180

175

170

164

159

Mental Health

193

189

179

200

189

173

161

181

172

159

157

Public Law

111

107

101

95

111

108

102

155

141

130

130

Welfare Benefits

364

0

15

15

15

17

15

71

56

52

50

*ceased as individual/separate category

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