The LAA has announced that the deduction in respect of child care costs now applies to people studying outside the home as well as people who are working.
Clients will need to provide information regarding child care costs when applying for legal aid, whether via the Agency in respect of a full representation certificate, or via a practitioner when applying for Legal Help.
Practitioners will need to bring this to the attention of any client who may be eligible for reduced contributions due to the new deduction as they can request a review. Also, clients who have recently been found ineligible but who could benefit, should be advised to re-apply.
A new keycard has also been issued to take account of benefits uprating and the new deduction.