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Legal Aid Scheme: Social Security Benefits

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 138504, tabled on 26 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much legal aid was spent on advice relating to (a) housing benefits, (b) welfare benefits and (c) other benefits in each year since 2010.

Answered on

4 May 2018

Expenditure on advice and assistance at the ‘Legal Help’ level has been set out according to the type of state benefit involved. It is not possible to break information on civil representation in welfare benefits cases down in this manner and therefore the overall costs attributable to this category have instead been provided.

Due to the time period this question spans, some benefits mentioned will have been discontinued, replaced or amended which will affect the amount of legal aid costs each incurred. Note that figures for civil representation include costs which were paid by the opponent rather than the Legal Aid Agency, and that all figures are inclusive of solicitor fees, barrister fees, expert fees and VAT.

Legal aid remains available in welfare benefits cases, to the extent set out in paragraphs 8 and 8A of Part 1, Schedule 1 of the LASPO Act 2012.

See attachment for figures.