Post by Colin Henderson on Feb 17, 2014 21:20:31 GMT
Just a quick note that the familiar principle of "use it or lose it" will operate again for schedules for Legal Help work from April 2014. So I hope you're all hitting those matter start targets, but the good news is that even if you're way under it seems the LAA will give you at least 80% of the number you were given last time:
"Current schedules for 2010 and 2013 Standard Civil Contracts will end on 31 March 2014. New schedules will be active from 1 April 2014 for the 2010 and 2013 Standard Civil Contracts.
Allocation of matter starts to new schedules will be based on the same methodology for both 2010 and 2013 contracts. This means matter starts for the new schedules will be based on whichever is the greater of the two: - 80% of current schedule matter starts or - 100% of matter starts used "
The duration and dates of schedules is also being changed around. Family, Housing, (including Housing Possession Court Duty (HPCDS) Schemes) and Immigration/Asylum categories are all on 2013 contracts and get a new 12 month schedule from 1 April 2014.
The 2010 Mental Health and Community Care contracts are being retendered and will be extended to 31 July 2014. Successful bidders then get an eight month schedule to 31 March 2015.
There will be extensions to 31 October 2015 for the remaining categories – AAP, clinical negligence, public law and mediation and exclusive schedules i.e. HPCDS (eh? -thought that was 12 months - see above) and Immigration and Removal Centres (IRCs)
Post by Colin Henderson on Apr 1, 2014 23:09:02 GMT
Well I hope you got what you wanted in the schedules. No-one knows what calculation period they used this year so it was hard to predict. And if you didn't I hope it was still enough to keep a viable contract going. If any agency is deciding to give up legal aid at this point it would be great to hear from you - you can direct message or email me in confidence if you like.