Guardianship: Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 17 May 2023.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that legal aid is available to extended family members who are seeking guardianship of vulnerable children.

Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We recently expanded the family legal aid scheme, which will provide an additional £13m per year in general to family legal aid, to support carers making a decision as to whether to become a special guardian. Special Guardianship Orders brought in private family proceedings are now in scope of legal aid so prospective special guardians can receive legal aid for advice and assistance before making an informed decision.

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