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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-01784
Asked by: Jamie Greene, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 23 July 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the job retention rate in the legal aid sector, and what plans it has to encourage more young people to consider a career in this sector.

Current status: Answered by Ash Denham on 18 August 2021


Answer

The Scottish Government is working constructively and collaboratively with the Law Society of Scotland, the Scottish Solicitors Bar Association and representatives of several bar associations to co-design and deliver a wide range of measures in recognition of the important role in the Justice system of vital legal aid services in Scotland as we emerge and recover from the pandemic.

As well as delivering the first stage of an uplift to legal aid fees of more than 10% over the next two years, the Scottish Government is providing up to £1 million over the next 2 years to support 40 legal aid traineeship posts. The Legal Aid Traineeship fund will increase the capacity and capability of the legal aid profession in Scotland by providing employment and training opportunities. The funding also aims to increase diversity and equality within the legal profession by the recruitment and retention of trainees from under-represented groups across the legal profession including people with a disability, from minority ethnic communities or from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.