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How to get legal aid in welfare benefits cases

17 April 2018

The total number of disabled people granted legal aid in welfare cases has plummeted from 29,801 in 2011-12 to just 308 in 2016-17.

See Disabled people lose legal aid in 99% of benefits disputes

This is because of the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, which removed more than £350m from the legal aid budget and ended the right to legal representation in many benefits cases.

But you can still get legal aid funding in certain circumstances including:

  • advice and assistance for advice on whether or not to submit an application for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal (but not First-Tier Tribunal)

  • preparation of an Upper Tribunal case prior to a hearing.

  • Judicial review

The Public Law project has produced a guide on how to get legal aid in welfare benefits cases

How to get legal aid in welfare benefits cases