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House of Commons Hansard
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Legal Aid: Greater London
06 March 2007
Volume 457
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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which advice agencies in London were in receipt of legal aid in the last two years; how much each received in each year; how much each is expected to be allocated under new arrangements; what the percentage difference is in each case between the most recent amount received and the amount expected to be allocated under the new arrangements; and if she will make a statement. [124859]

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The statistics provided in the following table refer to work conducted by contracted suppliers only.

New arrangements for funding will bring the allocation of funds in the next two years closer to estimates of need. Amounts received by not for profit agencies under these arrangements will depend on their ability to deliver advice at competitive rates.

£

London NFPs

2004-05

2005-06

Brixton Advice Centre

130,439

130,439

Immigration Advisory Service

368,629

468,429

Barking and Dagenham CAB

0

43,729

Battersea Law Centre

319,388

336,967

Afro-Asian Advisory Service

66,961

66,800

Blackfriars Advice Centre

181,256

208,808

Bermondsey CAB

203,034

200,057

Kilburn CAB

127,214

127,614

Catford CAB

83,647

164,341

Hackney CAB (Mare Street)

66,625

66,625

Hammersmith and Fulham CAB

53,266

63,452

Haringey CAB

147,282

123,303

Kensington CAB

133,792

180,822

Leytonstone CAB

197,824

211,417

Newham CAB

228,699

413,364

Paddington CAB

113,707

25,505

Pimlico CAB

64,888

16,222

Roehampton CAB

93,285

136,238

Westminster Citizens Advice

225,868

366,142

Sydenham CAB

64,888

64,888

CAB—Thornton Heath

66,720

67,720

Tooting and Balham CAB

67,634

67,634

Tower Hamlets East CAB

163,870

180,042

Islington CAB

127,059

47,772

Walthamstow CAB

125,441

121,946

CAB—Whitechapel

96,084

142,347

Brent CAB

175,905

259,004

Cambridge House and Talbot

130,409

178,093

Camden Community Law Centre

265,205

275,058

Camden Tribunal Rights Unit

62,092

73,182

Central London Law Centre

93,802

107,856

Centre 70 Advice

143,721

142,196

CHAS CL

67,511

67,511

Chinese Information and Advice Centre

133,393

139,773

Clapham Community Project

68,582

68,582

Community Links

199,006

240,069

DIAL Waltham Forest

64,760

64,760

Disability in Camden

65,936

65,936

Disability Law Service

79,201

68,730

Fulham Legal Advice Centre

57,826

57,826

Greenwich Community Law Centre

76,133

75,366

Greenwich Housing Rights

33,904

30,433

Hackney Community Law Centre

337,548

333,357

Hackney Consumer Advice Centre

196,075

196,075

Hounslow Law Centre

93,243

107,902

Island Advice Centre

149,781

96,265

LASA Appeals Team

134,116

141,039

Law for All—Acton Law Shop

1,194,654

1,364,531

Lewisham Money Advice Centre

128,777

128,777

Mary Ward Legal Centre

438,652

658,137

Migrants Resource Centre

66,557

66,557

Islington Law Centre

263,053

285,646

North Kensington Law Centre

536,117

525,364

Lewisham Law Centre Ltd.

242,126

218,182

Nucleus

63,364

104,685

Paddington Law Centre

215,795

194,480

Plumstead Community Law Centre

178,600

138,386

Southwark Law Centre

202,432

200,447

Springfield Advice and Law Centre

160,224

98,028

Threshold Hammersmith

67,396

67,396

Threshold Wandsworth

130,500

144,001

Wandsworth and Merton Law Centre

216,307

179,500

Wandsworth Money Advice Service

66,871

66,871

World’s End Neighbourhood Advice Centre

126,280

108,040

Camden Community Law Centre

40,815

0

Refugee Advice Centre

38,631

38,631

Merton Citizens Advice Bureaux Ltd.

101,755

129,990

Carshalton and Wallington CAB

141,774

201,538

Thamesmead Law Centre

113,734

134,695

Barnet Law Service

104,130

64,853

Wandsworth and Merton Law Centre

167,436

245,568

Asylum Aid

142,909

67,613

Kingston CABX Service

79,257

79,257

Brent Private Tenants'rights Group

39,679

35,600

Bromley Citizens Advice Specialist Servs

49,291

130,417

Islington People’s Rights

0

0

Tamil Welfare Association (Newham) UK

33,981

77,178

Oxford House in Bethnal Green

92,545

83,647

Streetwise Community Law Centre Ltd.

85,934

177,818

Tower Hamlets Law Centre

474,634

515,208

Hillingdon Law Centre

155,902

104,207

Enfield Law Centre

83,466

92,706

Southwark Race and Equalities Council

28,103

97,248

Shelter—London Housing Aid Services

0

49,127

Brent Private Tenants Right Group

39,489

35,600

Law for All (Acton Office)

255,854

204,305

Battersea CAB

33,486

33,486

Dalston Citzens Advice Bureau

43,178

31,319

Haringey Law Centre

72,674

74,485

Kingston and Richmond Law Centre

43,694

99,796

Croydon and Sutton Law Centre

15,471

110,063

Lambeth Law Centre

0

199,518

Havering CAB

0

33,904

Island Advice

0

67,682

Sub-total

12,921,176

14,596,125

Redbridge Refugee Forum

0

34,132

Refugee Legal Centre (London Region)

2,485,842

2,584,205

Immigration Advisory Service (Hounslow)

821,737

493,480

Immigration Advisory Service (London)

2,434,144

-338,966

Refugee Legal Centre (London Region)

2,031,835

477,277

Immigration Advisory Service

950,650

619,623

Total

21,645,383

18,465,876

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much legal aid was paid to advice agencies in London in each of the last three years; what the anticipated amount will be in each of the next two years; what the percentage difference is between the two amounts; and if she will make a statement. [124865]

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Expenditure on Not for Profit organisations in London over the last three years was as follows:

Expenditure (£)

2003-04

13,380,248

2004-05

21,645,383

2005-06

18,465,876

The reduction in expenditure in 2005-06 reflects some substantial changes to large contracts as part of a restructuring of immigration supply. Excluding such contracts, expenditure increased from £12,921,176 in 2004-05 to £14,596,125 in 2005-06.

New arrangements for funding will bring the allocation of funds in the next two years closer to estimates of need.

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many clients received legal advice from voluntary sector advice organisations paid for by legal aid in London in each of the last three years; what estimate she has made of the likely change in this number as a result of the planned legal aid changes; and if she will make a statement. [124989]

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The Legal Services Commission does not keep records of the number of clients who receive legal aid. It does however record the number of New Matter Starts (NMS) or individual instances of legal help.

For the last three years the number of New Matter Starts delivered by Not for Profit agencies was as follows:

Number of New Matter Starts

2003-04

17,999

2004-05

24,822

2005-06

31,791

The number of matter starts delivered by Not for Profit agencies in London in future years will depend on their ability to deliver increased numbers at competitive rates. Over the last two years their performance increased significantly as the figures above show, with productivity increasing by 19 per cent. over the last year.

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely geographical distribution of the availability of legal advice in London from (a) voluntary agencies and (b) the private sector as the consequence of planned legal aid changes; and if she will make a statement. [124991]

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In civil legal aid the Legal Services Commission expects the provision of advice by not for profit providers and the private sector in London to adapt so that areas where supply is currently strong will continue while areas with less provision will improve. Providers will be expected to manage what they deliver effectively in order to maximise the levels of advice delivered in categories and areas where demand is greatest.

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what effect she expects the planned legal aid changes to have on the availability in London of (a) advice agencies and (b) private sector legal advice in relation to (i) welfare rights, (ii) family law and (iii) immigration and asylum; and if she will make a statement. [124992]

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Regulatory impact assessment (RIA) for the Command paper “Legal Aid: the Way Ahead” was published in December 2006. A revised draft RIA was published alongside the family fee schemes consultation on 1 March 2007. These contain details of the potential impact of the legal aid changes on both not for profit and private sector providers in London for social welfare law and family law respectively. An impact assessment on the immigration and asylum scheme will be published shortly. The regulatory impact assessment analysis is based around historic behaviour and under a fixed fee scheme we would expect provider behaviour to change in order to maximise efficiency and prepare for future competition.