The new ‘Help with Fees’ scheme protects universal access to justice by providing those on low income and little to no savings with financial help towards the cost of these fees.
In the last year alone, the scheme has provided over £80 million to thousands of people in a wide range of cases such as family disputes, housing issues and compensation claims for personal injuries.
Justice Minister Mike Freer said “No matter what someone’s finances, it is vital they can get the justice they deserve which is why we are making it easier for more people to get help with court fees. The Help with Fees scheme has already helped tens of thousands of people pay court fees since we created it in 2013 and our reforms will make it more generous for those who need it most.”
The changes to income thresholds will vary depending on different families and their circumstances, including the age of any children. For example:
Additional financial support will be provided for parents with a child aged 14 or over, considering the greater cost associated with looking after older children.
The Government will also change how the scheme is targeted to make sure the most financially vulnerable are better supported by: