2013 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: 2013 (data is from Sept 2012)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The Government intends to radically reform the legal aid system to scale back the involvement of the State in the provision of legal aid to individuals. It is intended to discourage people from resorting automatically to lawyers whenever they face a problem, ensure taxpayer funding for legal advice and representation will be reserved for the most serious issues and that where funding is made available the service provides value for money. The number of categories of claim on state funds will be reduced, as will the fee rates which are paid to claimants’ legal representatives. Savings of £320m/annum from the legal aid budget are being projected by the end of the current CSR period. Civil, family and criminal proceedings will all be affected. The Legal Aid Reform savings estimates have decreased from the £325m per annum by the end of the CSR period stated in the Q1 report to the Q2 report figure of £320m as a result of the concessions made during the passage of LASPO Act through parliament. The programme intends to implement those elements of the reforms of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act in April 2013.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Green
DCA text: In light of the passing of the LASPO Act, which removed the necessity to plan implementation ‘at risk’; legal challenges are now the main threat to the successful delivery of the programme.
Start date: 2011-04-01
End date: 2013-10-31
Schedule text: A Joint Litigation Steering Group has been established with representation from both MoJ and LSC, to lead on the management of all litigation-related risks. The programme delayed laying the first tranche of secondary legislation from June to September, to allow comments on the proposed regulatory framework to be considered. This intended to reduce the potential for legal challenges to the secondary legislation, and to not impact adversely on the timetable. The reforms took effect on 1 April 2013.
Baseline: £9.62m
Forecast: £9.62m
Variance: 0.00%
Variance text:
Whole Life Cost: £19.86m
WLCost text:
Sourcefile: MOJ_2013.csv

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