HC Deb 17 May 1976 vol 911 c317W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Attorney-General what has been the level of income at which persons have been eligible for legal aid over the past 20 years.

The Attorney-General

When the Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949 was first brought into operation in 1950 the upper limit of "disposable income" for legal aid was £420. Since then the limit has been increased as follows:

13th April 1960 £700
16th November 1970 £950
1st January 1974 £1,175
1st September 1974 £1,380
1st June 1975 £1,580
1st January 1976 £1,790

"Disposable income" is computed by giving credit for certain necessary outgoings.

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