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Policy and development overview


This section outlines the range of Policy and development work we undertake


In particular we are currently involved in the following:

Grant funding powers under the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act

About our grant funding powers:
Section 4A(1) of the Legal Aid (Sc) Act 1986 (“the 1986 Act”) provides that the Board may on an application made to it by any person make grants of such amounts and subject to such conditions as it may determine in respect of any of the matters and purposes mentioned in sections 4A(2) and (3).

Section 4A(7) of the 1986 Act states that SLAB must prepare and publish a plan as to the criteria which the organisation will apply in considering whether or not to make such a grant; and SLAB must submit the plan to the Scottish Ministers for approval.

S4A also requires that Scottish Ministers must specify a limit to the total amount that may be paid out of the Fund under section 4A(1) and must specify the period in relation to which the limit applies.

Extension of grant funding programmes

In June 2016 Money Advice Service (MAS) and the Scottish Government agreed to extend grant funded programmes managed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board.  All programmes have been extended for 6 months to March 2017.

The upper limit of expenditure from the Legal Aid Fund (the Fund) specified by Scottish Ministers as the total amount that may be paid out of the Fund by virtue of section 4A(1) of the 1986 Act is £28.8m for grants awarded under all grant funded programmes.

The period specified by Scottish Ministers in relation to which that limit applies ends on 31 March 2017. 

SLAB has published the determination allowing MAS monies paid to the Board to be paid in to the Legal Aid Fund for the grant funding programmes.  

Economic Downturn. Grant funding programme 2012-2016

SLAB has prepared such a plan as to criteria as defined in the guidance to applicants. This programme began in October 2012.

Making Advice Work. Grant funding programme 2013 – 2016

SLAB has prepared such a plan as to criteria. This programme began in October 2013.

Tackling Money Worries. Grant funding programme 2014-2016 

SLAB has prepared such a plan as to criteria. This programme began on 1 October 2014.
 
 

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre Legal Project. Grant funded project 2015-16

SLAB has prepared such a plan as to criteria. This project began on 1 March 2015.

If you have any questions about the grant funding programmes, please contact us by email or by telephone:

Policy and Development
grantfunding@slab.org.uk
0131 240 1892

 


Quick links

23, Mar, 2017

Conference for lawyers involved in Children’s Hearings - Friday 19 May

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20, Mar, 2017

LAOL downtime - Saturday 25 March

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13, Mar, 2017

Research to review and improve legal assistance handbooks

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07, Mar, 2017

Legal aid applicant sentenced for fraud

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07, Mar, 2017

SLAB to take part in Earth Hour 2017

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22, Feb, 2017

Serious concerns raised over methodology, analysis and underlying data in Law Society’s financial health report

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06, Feb, 2017

Consultation launched on a revised Code of Practice for Criminal Legal Assistance

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01, Feb, 2017

SLAB welcomes independent strategic review of legal aid

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01, Feb, 2017

Change to CLAO email addresses

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25, Jan, 2017

Invitation for criminal legal aid solicitors to give feedback on satisfaction with SLAB services

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30, Nov, 2016

SLAB annual report 2015-2016 published

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17, Nov, 2016

Civil legal aid solicitors invited to give feedback on satisfaction with SLAB services

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15, Nov, 2016

Performance Auditor for SNSIAP appointed

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19, Sep, 2016

LAOL downtime - Monday 26 September

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04, Feb, 2016

Fourth monitoring report on the availability and accessibility of legal services published

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