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Civil Legal aid review

The Ministry of Justice has commissioned an independent online survey as part of its Review of Civil Legal Aid (RoCLA). Please encourage those within your membership that provide civil legal aid to participate in this online research survey, which aims to explore legal aid provides’ experiences of the civil legal aid sector and how it operates. All survey responses received will help build a robust evidence base for the review and contribute to the sustainability of legal aid.

Responses will be anonymous and confidential. On average, the survey takes 20-30 minutes to complete and can be filled out here.

Civil legal aid contract tender

The deadline for bidding on civil legal aid contracts is rapidly approaching (Tuesday 17 October 2023). These contacts encompass a wide array of civil and family legal aid categories, including the Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service (HLPAS).

Read our guide on tendering for legal aid contracts and see more information on changes to public law and HLPAS bids, help with applications and next steps on our website.

We’re calling for fair funding for civil legal aid. These contracts are being tendered without a pay increase, meaning that for many firms the contracts are not going to be financially viable. Civil legal aid fees have not increased since 1996, representing a real-terms cut of 49.4% in fees to 2022. We’re continuing to call on the government to shore up the civil legal aid market by bringing in an interim 15% for providers of early legal advice, while the civil legal aid review is ongoing. You can see more about our campaign here.

Free webinar: All you need to know about the contact tender process (Wednesday 4 October, 12:00-14:30)

Where appropriate, please share our upcoming free webinar with your members. The webinar will cover the key changes to civil legal aid contracts to ensure members understand the process and meet all the requirements to bid for 2024 contracts. Attendees will also have a chance to put questions to our Head of Justice, Richard Miller, and DG Legal’s Director, David Gilmore.

Find out more and register.