Separated migrant children - transitional guidance

Information for organisations making civil legal aid applications for immigration matters concerning separated migrant children


Transitional guidance for CCMS

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Latest updates

3 December 2019

Changes to CWA to allow claims for Controlled Work undertaken in this category of law are now complete. As such, claims for November may now be uploaded, as well as any claims from the 25 - 31 October.

The transitional arrangements described in the 18 November update are no longer required and have ceased to be in effect.

The full and updated CWA guidance has been published as of today and may be found here.

Specifically, please refer to paragraphs 14.1, 15.1 and I13.1 where the revisions have been marked as tracked changes. Providers are advised that the key change to note is that this work is now paid on hourly rates.

Relevant updates have also been made to the Standard Civil Contract, which is available online here.

Providers are reminded that this applies to CWA only. Transitional arrangements for applications and claims made through CCMS continue to be in effect as detailed in the above guidance. Further updates on CCMS will be published on this page in due course.

18 November 2019

Arrangements that will allow claims for Controlled Work undertaken in November to be made through CWA are nearing completion, and will be in place for uploading your claims in December. We will update this page when the changes are complete.

This reform took effect on 25 October and any providers who completed Controlled Work in this specific category of law between 25-31 October 2019 should include claims for this work as part of November’s submission, to be lodged in December. Alternatively if you wish to receive a manual payment for October’s work sooner, you should:

  • send the number of closed matters and the value of your claim to
  • copy your Contract Manager into this manual submission

The LAA’s Reconciliation Team will arrange manual payment for your claim based on the information that you submit. This information needs to reach the Reconciliation Team by 20 November, and when the CWA changes are complete you will need to submit your October 2019 claims through the system at the same time. This will allow us to ensure all of your claims are captured in the system and carry out any necessary reconciliation, should there be any discrepancies/over or underpayments.

Providers are reminded that this work is being paid for according to hourly rates.

25 October 2019

Publication of guidance concerning transitional arrangements for provider applications and billing through CCMS.

We have today published guidance setting out the processes that providers using CCMS will need to follow to:

  • make applications for civil legal aid for immigration matters for separated migrant children
  • subsequently bill for this work

These practices will apply during the transitional period prior to our case management systems being fully prepared to handle such requests.

Transitional arrangements are needed because we have not had time to complete the necessary changes to our case management systems owing to uncertainty around the Parliamentary timetable. Once long-term system changes have been completed we will publish details of the permanent arrangements. This will include information for guidance setting out the arrangements for claims made through CWA.

Published 24 October 2019
Last updated 3 December 2019 + show all updates
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