This outlines the background and responses to Consultation paper CP 15/2013, Cm. 8608 (ISBN 9780101860826). It covers the reforms of the fee remission system; next steps; summary of responses and resultant policy changes. In summary the changes are: the amendment of the disposable capital test to include more thresholds and the provision of a different threshold for those aged 61 or over; amendments and clarifications to the terms of the disposable capital test; the addition of more excluded benefits under the gross monthly income test; time period in which to apply for a retrospective fee remission to be three rather than two months; and application of the same eligibility test to prisoners and their partners. The government intends to implement the changes by Statutory Instrument by October 2013.It is unreasonable to expect taxpayers to continue to subsidise those with the funds available to pay a court or tribunal fee. ... Arguments were made for exceptions for the following categories of applicants: o Over 60s: We do not consider it reasonable to exempt ... that the capital threshold should mirror those used in other. tests, eg the Ap8, 000 threshold for Universal Credit or for some types of Legal Aid.
|Title||:||Ministry of Justice: Fee Remissions for the Courts and Tribunals - Consultation Response - Cm. 8704|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Ministry of Justice|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2013-09-09|