Legal aid – guidance

Standard Civil Contract (Welfare Benefits) 2016

Contract documents for the 2016 Standard Civil Contract.

Documents

2016 Standard Civil Contract (Welfare Benefits): Standard terms

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2016 Standard Civil Contract (Welfare Benefits): General rules (section 1 to 6)

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2016 Standard Civil Contract (Welfare Benefits): Category specific rules (Section 7)

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2016 Standard Civil Contract (Welfare Benefits): Sample contract for signature

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016 Standard Civil Contract (Welfare Benefits): Sample schedule

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Welfare benefits supervisor self declaration form

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Civil supervisor requirements guidance

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Detail

The 2016 Standard Civil Contract (Welfare Benefits) will govern the provision of legal aid services for welfare benefits in the North and South West and Wales procurement area’s from 1 November 2016.

NB. The provision of welfare benefits work in these 2 procurement areas are currently governed under the 2014 Standard Civil Contract (Welfare Benefits).

The 2016 Standard Civil Contract (Welfare Benefits) consists of the:

  • standard terms
  • specification
  • schedule
  • contract for signature

Standard terms

The standard terms govern the commercial relationship between the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) and providers. The 2016 Standard Terms (Welfare Benefits) apply to face-to-face civil legal aid services with some amendments.

Specification

This sets out the rules on the provision of welfare benefits contract work in relation to welfare benefits work in the North, South West and Wales procurement areas only. The procedures for controlled and licensed work and rates for licensed work can be found in legal aid legislation and are referred to in this specification.

The Standard Civil Contract (Welfare Benefits) 2016 specification is divided into provisions of general application (sections 1 to 6) and category specific rules relating to welfare benefits (section 7).

Sample schedule

This sets out provisions specific to individual providers. Use the sample schedule for illustration as schedules vary between providers. It includes matter start allocation for controlled work and the fixed fee for each controlled work matter. Use the sample schedule for illustration as the contents of schedules vary between legal aid providers.

Sample contract for signature

The contract for signature gives effect to the 2016 Standard Civil Contract (Welfare Benefits) as a whole. Use the sample contract for signature for illustration as they vary between providers.

2013 Category definitions

This sets out the legal definitions of the welfare benefits category of law covered by the 2016 Standard Civil Contract (Welfare Benefits).

Supervisor declaration forms and guidance

These documents set out the requirements that supervisors must satisfy.

LAA data security requirements and guidance

These documents comprise the basic requirements which providers must meet to maintain the security of data processed on behalf of or with the LAA.

Further documents

You can also use the following guidance and documents: