2015 Report details for project: Legal Aid Reform Implementation

Project name: Legal Aid Reform Implementation - there are 3 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015
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Organisation: MOJ (D18) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2015 (data is from Sept 2014)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The aim of the Legal Aid Reform Implementation Programme is to change the scope of civil legal aid, to change eligibility and to change remuneration. The Programme aims to deliver savings to the annual legal aid budget of £350 million. The first phase was set to deliver £130 million, of which £30 million was to come from the family fee reductions. Legal aid is currently available for cases involving the individual’s life, liberty, physical safety and homelessness, which are considered to be a high priority, as are cases where the individual faces intervention from the state, or seeks to hold the state to account. The intention is to discourage people from resorting automatically to lawyers whenever they face a problem, to ensure taxpayer funding for legal advice and representation is reserved for the most serious issues, and that where funding is made available the service provides value for money. This included a reduction in the number of categories of claim on state funds, as well as a reduction in the fee rates which are paid to claimants’ legal representatives.
DCA (RAG): Green
DCA text: The Delivery Confidence rating reflects the implementation of the changes on schedule on 1 April 2013.
Start date: 2011-04-01
End date: 2013-10-31
Schedule text: The programme completed in June 2013, but was retained on the MPA reporting pending an independent post implementation review. This was completed in October 2014 and the programme is now formally closed.
Baseline: £0.00m
Forecast: £0.00m
Variance: 0.00%
Variance text: Data not provided by department
Whole Life Cost: £19.06m
WLCost text: The Whole Life Costs represent the full cost of delivering the programme. No further costs will be incurred.
Sourcefile: IPA_2015.csv

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