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LEGAL AID IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THOSE ON LOW INCOMES WITH 'EVIDENCE' OF DV

Today 4th December the Guardian newspaper has reported that the UK Government is widening access to Legal Aid for Private Law.

This will enable our charity to provide qualifying evidence directly to solicitors after undertaking an evaluation with service users who are victims / survivors of abuse. 

We will be updating this page over the next week or so when the details emerge - so please check back regularly

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We have simplified our process. Here's what you do

  1. Check you are eligible because you're on a low income / have few assets. (detail below)
  2. Is what you're thinking of asking a Court to do reasonable - ie does your application have 'Merit'?
  3. Obtain qualifying evidence

Here's a  couple of links that you may find useful to check out whether you qualify on financial grounds 

http://www.my-mediation.co.uk/family-mediation-legal-aid-assessment-eligibility-calculator

THIS UK GOVERNMENT LINK CHECKS YOUR FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY ONLINE

 

HOW DO I GET THE QUALIFYING 'EVIDENCE'?

Contact your GP or other 'Health Professional' Ask them simply to refer you to our charity for help & support as someone who is, OR IS AT RISK OF, domestic violence and abuse. Please make it very clear that you are NOT asking them to confirm that you are a victim of domestic abuse.

If it's easier you can complete this letter to tell the GP what you want them to do

THE IMPORTANT PART

Complete this letter by filling in your details as far as you're able. Take this to the Health professional and ask them to insert

  • THEIR NAME
  • THEIR REGISTRATION NUMBER eg GMC / NMC / HCPC. If the GP needs any further information we've provided a guide for professionals below
  • THEIR SIGNATURE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LETTER
  • USE THE PRACTICE STAMP AT THE TOP OF THE LETTER 

Send us the completed letter with the health professionals details included. 

We will treat this as a referral for 'help & support' and produce your EVIDENCE letter for use by a solicitor with a Legal Aid contract.

IF YOU ARE IN ENGLAND

You can use the same sysem BUT instead of a referral to our specialist DV support service ask for a referral to Mankind Initiative in Taunton on 01823 344244.

 

NOTE FOR GPs & Practice staff - UPDATED APRIL 2017 

We appreciate that you may feel nervous about confirming a referral to a DV support service as you are unsure of the legal implications of this for your practice. The Legal Aid Agency is clear that the referral can be made for anyone who is, OR is AT RISK OF domestic violence and abuse. We can however help reduce the burden of time and perceived risk to you.

Please complete this template HERE - send it to our charity and we will do the rest by producing the 'Evidence Letter' required by the Legal Aid Agency to support your patient. We will still need the name of a 'health professional' and their GMC / NMC registration number but the charity will be providing the Evidence to obtain Legal Aid.

The referral letter can be sent by email to legalaid@fnf-bpm.org.uk or by post to Legal Aid Dept. FNF BPM Cymru, 61 Cowbridge Rd East, Cardiff, CF11 9AE.  We hope this NEW initiative will significantly reduce the impact on busy GP surgeries.

Paul Apreda, National Manager, FNF BPM Cymru 

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