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Family legal help starts down by 20 per cent on a year ago

In July to September 2020 family legal help starts decreased by 20 per cent compared to the same quarter last year. Completed claims also decreased by 22 per cent and expenditure decreased by 17 per cent. However, compared to the previous quarter, there were increases across starts (8 per cent), completed claims (7 per cent) and expenditure (12 per cent) in family legal help cases.

Certificates granted for family work increased by 6 per cent in July to September 2020 compared to the previous year. Certificates completed decreased by 20 per cent and expenditure decreased by 9 per cent compared to the same quarter the previous year. Compared to the previous quarter, certificates granted increased by 18 per cent, certificates completed decreased by 4 per cent and expenditure increased by 5 per cent.

In July to September 2020, applications for civil representation supported by evidence of domestic violence or child abuse decreased by 22 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year. The total number of these granted decreased by 23 per cent over the same period. Compared to the previous quarter, applications increased by 25 per cent and grants by 28 per cent. Applications and grants in this category had been falling since October to December 2019 having been rising since the inception of the scheme.

The proportion of applications granted remained steady at around 70 per cent from the inception of this type of application until the end of 2015, before increasing to over 80 per cent. The provisional figure for the latest quarter is 85 per cent.

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20/12/20