The Family Advocacy Scheme and the revised private law fee scheme come into force on the 9th May for all certificates issued by the LSC on or after 9th May 2011, except those cases where the application was signed prior to 9th May and received by the LSC prior to 16th May 2011 (para 8 of the Funding Order).
The Handbook contains a detailed discussion of the schemes and the associated changes to the Unified Contract which also come into force on that date.
Useful content and background material on the LSC website includes:
- The revised contract specification
- The new payment annex
- Guidance on the family fee scheme and family advocacy scheme
- The mandatory new advocates’ attendance form
- New APP and CLAIM forms