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 we may, on an application made to us 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 we 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 we 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.
Grant funding programmes 2019-20
In March 2019 the Scottish Government agreed to extend grant funded programmes and projects managed by us. Programmes and projects have been extended for 12 months to March 2020.
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 £41.7m 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 2020. We have published the direction.
Early Resolution and Advice Programme. Grant funding programme 2012
We have prepared such a plan as to criteria as defined in the guidance to applicants. This programme began on 1 October 2012.
Making Advice Work
Grant funding programme 2013
We have prepared such a plan as to criteria. This programme began on 1 October 2013.
Tackling Money Worries. Grant funding programme 2014
We have prepared such a plan as to criteria. This programme began on 1 October 2014.
Scottish Women's Rights Centre Legal Project.
Grant funded project 2017
We have prepared such a plan as to criteria. This project began on 1 October 2017.
Policy and Development
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