Legal aid spending in England and Wales 2005-2019

In 2018/19 the criminal legal aid budget in England and Wales was 879 million British pounds, compared with 891 million pounds in the previous year. In the provided time period, criminal legal aid peaked in 2007/08 at just over 1.2 billion pounds, but between 2010/11 and 2015/16 it was cut by 314 million pounds. Civil legal aid has also been cut in the same time period, after peaking at 1 billion pounds in 2010/11, it fell to just 600 million pounds by 2015/16.

Resource department expenditure limit (RDEL) of criminal and civil legal aid in England and Wales from 2005/06 to 2018/19

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Release date

December 2019


United Kingdom (England, Wales)

Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures not adjusted for inflation

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