Eviction legal aid thresholds raised in Scotland

Tony Gosling news at tlio.org.uk
Fri Nov 7 12:39:12 GMT 2008

07 Nov 2008

Civil legal aid thresholds raised

The upper threshold for civil legal aid is to be 
raised from £9,781 to £25,000 next year.

Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill claims this will 
increase eligibility for one fifth of the entire Scottish population.

The announcement was made at a legal aid conference in Dunblane

"I have long considered it unfair that people of 
relatively modest means can find themselves 
unable to pursue a complex and expensive legal action," he said.

"As a first step towards correcting that 
unfairness we will increase the financial 
eligibility limits for civil legal aid with an 
appropriately tapered contribution regime. From 
next spring, the upper limit for disposable 
income will increase to £25,000 which should mean 
that around three quarters of the adult 
population will be potentially eligible for legal 
aid. For the first time in many a year, legal aid 
is being rolled out, not rolled back."

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