Following up our note on the blog, we have a more detailed discussion of the legal aid annual statistics in this month’s Legal Action. It is also available on the LAG website here (scroll down to second article).
Immigration contract holders can open matter starts for this work – and will be paid for it even if the MoJ appeal is successful. (Edit – it appears from the note on the LAA site that, if the appeal is successful, funding will stop at that point, even if partway through a case, but will not be retrospectively withdrawn).
Once again (see our previous post on child care deductions for students), Ben Hoare Bell has succeeded in persuading the Ministry of Justice to make an amendment that will benefit practitioners and clients alike. The firm pointed out that Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) were abolished under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and replaced with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). PCTs were named as ‘relevant persons’ under paragraph 6 of Schedule 1 but CCGs were not, which caused a problem due to the way schedule 1 of LASPO restricts legal aid to services which are explicitly within scope.
However, Ben Hoare Bell was recently informed that regulations had been laid to include CCGs within the scope of Schedule 1. You can read the letter here. The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Community Care) Regulations 2014 came into force on 7 July and you can find them on the LASPO Resources page under Statutory Instruments – civil.
Many thanks to Ben Hoare Bell for taking this up with the MOJ and letting us know the outcome.
The LAA has sent out an email bulletin to inform firms it has published additional historic data on crime workloads which may help you work out the size of contracts for which you will be bidding shortly.
Unfortunately, the link takes you to the news item on their website rather than the data.
The data can be downloaded here – scroll down to the bottom of the page.