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Some new legal aid regs in Scotland to disregard carer support payment in financial assessments and to make provision for advice and assistance in relation to arrests under the National Security Act 2023

Legal Aid and Advice and Assistance (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) (No. 4) Regulations 2023

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New regs in England and Wales that:

‘... increase by 15% the fees payable for controlled legal aid work for individuals who receive a removal notice under the Illegal Migration Act 2023

Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

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New from the MoJ:

Call for evidence to obtain more information to further inform the Review of Civil Legal Aid and feed into policy development

The Review of Civil Legal Aid has launched a call for evidence, opening on 10 January 2024 and closing on 21 February 2024.
We are inviting interested parties at the heart of the civil legal aid system to submit evidence that will inform the Review, strengthening its evidence base and feeding into the development of short and long-term policy solutions. We are especially, but not exclusively interested in hearing the views of civil legal aid practitioners, people who have received legal aid, representative bodies and charities. We also invite contributions from academics who have carried out relevant research.

More info: https://www.gov.uk/government/calls-for-evidence/review-of-civil-legal-aid-call-for-evidence

 

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The Public Accounts Committee has launched an inquiry into value for money from legal aid, with a call for evidence on issues including the effectiveness of LASPO, access to justice and the sustainability of the legal aid market -

https://committees.parliament.uk/work/8153/value-for-money-from-legal-aid/

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Advance notice from the Legal Aid Agency of a further tender for the 2024 Standard Civil Contract -

‘... for organisations who have not bid or have not been successful in the initial tender.’

Procurement exercise will open on 18 March 2024 to bids across all civil categories, and will include an opportunity to tender to deliver the Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service (in Barnstaple, Blackpool, Crewe, Lancaster, Newton Abbott, Preston, St Helens, Taunton, Torquay, Wigan and Yeovil).

More info: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/civil-news-further-tender-for-the-2024-standard-civil-contract

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Gov.uk press release on changes to legal aid means testing coming into effect this year ... includes backdated welfare benefits and child maintenance payments being subject to a disregard ...

More info: Victims given greater access to justice through legal aid reform

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Recent letter from the Justice Select Committee to Justice Minister Lord Bellamy:

The Committee wishes to express its dissatisfaction and concern over the Government’s decision to delay the full implementation of Legal Aid Means Test Review reforms to 2026 ....

.... The overall impression created by the repeated delays since this review was first announced in February 2019 is lamentable. We share the concerns expressed by Nick Emmerson, the President of the Law Society, in his statement on 14 March 2024, that ‘the government is displaying a pattern of behaviour of refusing to commit resources to the justice system resulting in unmet legal need’. We would be
grateful if you could explain how the decision to delay implementation of the Means Test Review is in keeping with the Ministry of Justice’s objective to ‘deliver swift access to justice’.

More: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/44155/documents/219797/default/

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shawn mach - 08 May 2024 04:36 PM

Recent letter from the Justice Select Committee to Justice Minister Lord Bellamy ....

And a response from Lord Bellamy: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/44651/documents/221874/default

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New regs -

This Order complements the changes under SI 2023/150. That SI made provision for civil and criminal legal aid, including advocacy for the majority of proceedings under Part 3 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

This Order makes further provision for legal aid for advocacy. Namely, it allows civil legal aid for advocacy for the person protected by the order or for a person against whom a Domestic Abuse Protection Order (DAPO) is sought or has been made in DAPO proceedings in the magistrates’ courts and in the Crown Court originating from a police led application for a DAPO.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Legal Aid: Domestic Abuse) (Amendment) Order 2024