Coronavirus Resilience and Recovery Fund for Legal Aid

Support provided by Scottish Government

What does this involve?

The Coronavirus Resilience and Recovery Fund has been created to provide financial support to enable Scottish legal firms and Scottish law centres to continue to offer legal aid services to the public. This is to ensure ongoing support for legal aid clients, such as those experiencing housing, eviction and debt issues.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2021 at midnight.

The fund aims to bring firms back up to the income they could reasonably have expected had the pandemic not impacted on their levels of new legal aid business. The Legal Aid Interim Fees scheme, which was introduced at the start of the pandemic to support cash flow to legal aid firms, can be used in parallel with any application for support for this grant.

Grant funding is available to applicants who can demonstrate that they have seen an adverse impact on new legal aid business in the year 2020-21 related to the coronavirus pandemic, and that they can commit to continuing to deliver legal aid services until March 2022.

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for a one-off grant payment if you:

  • are a law centre or firm providing services funded by legal aid
  • have been generating at least 20% of your business turnover from legal aid income before the coronavirus pandemic
  • intend to continue operating in the legal aid sector after the coronavirus pandemic

Who is this for?

Legal firms and law centres in Scotland which have experienced a drop in legal aid revenue due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

How long does this take?

The Scottish Government will make the payment to your nominated bank account as soon as possible.

Important information

Applications can be made to the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB), which will assess them on behalf of the Scottish Government. You can apply online on the SLAB website.

The Scottish Government is the final decision maker on all applications and will make all payments.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2021 at midnight.

Full details of the funding available, eligibility criteria and what you need to apply are included with the application form.

Once your submitted application has been reviewed and deemed eligible, the Scottish Government will send you a grant award letter confirming the grant amount you are eligible to receive. The grant award letter must be signed and returned to the Scottish Government, after which payment will be made as soon as possible.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s website for more information and to apply. 

Support provided by Scottish Government

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