The Scottish Legal Aid Board has recently written a letter to all civil legal aid solicitors to remind them that as of 7 April 2009 the upper limit for disposable income to be eligible for legal aid will increase and a tapered system of contributions will be introduced.
...those with a higher disposable income will pay a higher rate of contribution towards any grant of civil legal aid. The tapered system of contributions will be in four bands where disposable income is:
• Nil to £3,355 (current limit £3,156) – no contribution from income to pay
• £3,356 to £10,995 (current limit £10,306) – 33% of income in that range
• £10,996 - £15,000 - 50% of income in that range
• £15,001 - £25,000 - 100% of income in that range
For example, if someone’s total disposable income was £14,000, the contribution would be £ 4022.87 – this is calculated as 33% of (£10,995 minus £3,356) plus 50% of (£14,000 minus £10,996).