2014 Report details for project: Legal Aid Transformation Programme (LAT)

Project name: Legal Aid Transformation Programme (LAT) - there are 3 reports for this project: 2014, 2015, 2016
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Organisation: MOJ (D18) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2014 (data is from Sept 2013)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The aim of the Legal Aid Transformation Programme is to: • reform remuneration in the shorter term; • tender crime contracts in the medium term; • increase the public credibility of the legal aid system • ensure that the introduction of Universal Credit does not create an additional pressure on the legal aid fund. In September 2013, the reforms were forecast to reduce fund spend by £220m pa by 2018/19. Since then, as a result of policy changes and updated data for Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) reform, the estimated savings has reduced to £215m pa by 2018/19.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: The Programme has an Amber rating. This reflects that the programme has been replanned since the last review and some further reforms being brought in to scope of programme, such as Domestic Violence cases and Court Bundles. Several reforms have been delivered including which Civil & Crime fees (barrister, expert, VHCC), Permission & Appeal work, Prison Law, Single Counsel, Borderline Merits & Crown Court eligibility. The Judicial Review permission, Domestic Violence and Family Fee changes are due to deliver 22 April 2014. Since September 2013, the advocacy fee reforms have been deferred to summer 2015. The Residence Test for civil legal aid is now due to be implemented, subject to Parliamentary approval of legislation, on 4 August 2014. The tendering process for criminal legal aid is due to commence on 25 April 2014.
Start date: 2012-12-04
End date: 2014-12-31
Schedule text: The Government response to public consultation was published on the 5th Sept. The delivery of the Crime Competition services has been delayed from August 2014 to December 2014 in light of there being further consultation which is due to close in November. Since September 2013, the Government Response to the Next Steps consultation was published on 27 February 2014, setting out the way forward on criminal legal aid. On 27 March 2014, the Justice Secretary announced his decision to defer the implementation of the advocacy fee reforms until summer 2015.
Baseline: £0.00m
Forecast: £0.00m
Variance: None%
Variance text: Business Case is being developed for approval spring 2014 this will detail the full whole life costs and benefits/savings for the programme
Whole Life Cost: £0.00m
WLCost text: Business Case is being developed for approval spring 2014 this will detail the full whole life costs and benefits/savings for the programme
Notes1: Legal Aid Transformation No departmental narrative
Sourcefile: IPA_2014.csv

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