Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 3 July 2023.

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Photo of Janet Daby Janet Daby Labour, Lewisham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of uplifting civil legal aid rates.

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

The Ministry of Justice is currently undertaking a Review of Civil Legal Aid to identify evidence-based options for moving to a more effective, efficient, and sustainable system for legal aid providers and the people who rely on legal aid.

The Review will consider the civil legal aid system in its entirety: how services are procured, how well the current system works for users, how civil legal aid impacts the wider justice system, and whether the civil legal aid system offers a financially viable business option for legal aid providers.

Whilst the Review will not propose options on specific individual fees, it will consider the overall fee structure. In the interim, we are continuing to make improvements across the sector to ensure legal aid is available to those who need it, including injecting up to £10m a year into housing legal aid through the Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service and broadening the evidence requirements for victims of domestic abuse applying for legal aid with an increase in funding of up to £13m per year.

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