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Civil/crime news: 'disregarded payments' list expanded

Changes to lists of payments to be disregarded in civil and criminal legal aid financial assessments.

The list of payments to be disregarded when making financial assessments is being expanded.

The updated list affects the calculation of gross and disposable income for both civil and criminal legal aid financial determinations from 28 July 2016.

Amended regulations

These are the new payments which have been added to the list of disregarded income under the Civil and Criminal Legal Aid (Financial Eligibility and Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2016:

  • budget advances
  • payments on account of benefit
  • transfer advances of Universal Credit
  • Welsh Independent Living Grant

Where can I find out more?

See below for a link to provider guidance on disregarded payments on GOV.UK.

Here you can find guidance on what these payments are and what you can disregard when making financial determinations.

Further information

You can download provider guidance on disregarded payments from:

Civil legal aid: means testing

Criminal legal aid: means testing