Legal Aid Scheme: Refugees:Written question - 241003

Asked by Robert Neill
(Bromley and Chislehurst)
Asked on: 04 April 2019
Ministry of Justice
Legal Aid Scheme: Refugees
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department made in the Post-Implementation Review of Part 1 of LASPO of the potential merits of making legal aid available for refugee family reunion applications including for applications to bring adult dependent children to the UK.
Answered by: Rory Stewart
Answered on: 12 April 2019

We have committed to lay legislation to bring non-asylum immigration matters into the scope of legal aid for separated migrant children.

Legal aid for family reunion may be available under the Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) scheme, where there is a breach or risk of breach of ECHR rights, and subject to means and merits tests. We recently committed to work with the Legal Aid Agency, legal practitioners and others to review and simplify the ECF application process and ensure that funding is provided in as timely a manner as possible.

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