Regulation & Government

Scottish Government launches £6.7m fund for legal aid firms

The fund has been established following close consultation with the legal profession and will be distributed to legal aid practices

The Scottish Government has announced that a new fund worth £6.7m to support legal aid firms has launched for applications.

The fund has been established following close consultation with the legal profession and will be distributed to legal aid practices as part of the Scottish Government’s Recover, Renew and Transform programme to support the justice sector.

It aims to recognise the “critical role” legal aid firms play in the justice sector as Scotland recovers from Covid-19. 

Ash Denham, legal affairs minister, said: “Scotland’s legal profession has worked extremely     hard since the Covid-19 outbreak to help maintain access to justice services in very difficult and challenging circumstances. This fund will help ensure that these crucial services are supported and can fully continue as we move into the next phase of Scotland’s recovery.”

Pat Thom, co-convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s Legal Aid Committee, added: “The creation of the new fund ensures that this much needed financial support can be made available. I encourage all those who are eligible to apply as soon as possible.”

Stuart Murray, of the Aberdeen Bar Association, said: “The Aberdeen Bar Association is grateful to the Scottish government for reaching out to the SSBA and local bar associations in what has been the first real collaborative approach to resolving a number of funding issues for the profession.”

 

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