Applications for civil legal aid help and advice are made to individual providers. Existing data collection arrangements record the number of instances of advice provided, rather than the number of applications made.
Applications for civil legal aid representation are made to the Legal Services Commission (LSC). The LSC collects data on the number of applications submitted to providers located within the local authority area for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and this is broken down for each of the past five financial years in table 1 as follows. A proportion of these applications will come from individuals resident outside Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
FY Number 2004-05 1,560 2005-06 1,580 2006-07 1,660 2007-08 1,600 2008-09 1,740
Applications for criminal legal aid cannot be identified on the basis of postcode information so it is not possible to provide details of applications submitted from residents in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. However, the LSC can identify the numbers of legal aid applications submitted to Newcastle-upon-Tyne magistrates court since means testing was introduced in October 2006, and these are set out in table 2. These applications include those submitted from defendants charged with an indictable only offence and facing trial before Newcastle-upon-Tyne Crown court. Some of these applications will have been submitted on behalf of individuals who do not reside in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
October to September each year Number 2006-07 6,290 2007-08 6,700 2008-09 6,880
October to September each year