Legal Aid Scheme: Children:Written question - HL2802

Asked on: 20 October 2015
Ministry of Justice
Legal Aid Scheme: Children
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for exceptional case funding (non-inquests) have been made to the Legal Aid Agency on behalf of applicants aged under 18 each year since the scheme began in April 2013; and of those, how many were granted.
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Answered by: Lord Faulks
Answered on: 17 November 2015

The purpose of the Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) scheme is to provide funding where it is legally needed. It does not provide a general power to fund cases which fall outside the scope of legal aid. Legal aid is a vital part of our justice system, but we cannot escape the continuing need to reduce the deficit. We still have a very generous system - last year we spent £1.6bn on legal aid, around a quarter of the department’s expenditure. Every ECF application is carefully considered by the Legal Aid Agency on an individual basis.
Volume of applications and subsequent grants for non-inquest ECF cases by age category and financial year.












Financial Year

Under 18

18-24

Unknown


Received

Granted


Received

Granted



Received

Granted


2013-14

53

1


81

-



648

4


2014-15

24

5


110

19



61

2


2015-161

12

2

22

9

31

7













Note: Age data for Exceptional Case Funding was collected from October 2013 onwards, hence the larger volume of unknowns in 2013-14 compared to the other years.

1The latest available published data is up to June 2015 so figures for 2015-16 are for one quarter only.

Grouped Questions: HL2803

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