Universal Credit payments are designed to cover as many of the claimants essentials as possible but additional support can also be provided for secondary costs. This can include legal costs which fall into three categories.
This rises to £16,000 for those with fees between £1,000 and £10,000, or if they or they’re partner are 61 or over.
This support can also be applied for online or through the post.
Legal aid can be provided to help meet the costs of legal advice, family mediation and representation in a court or tribunal.
To be eligible for this, Universal Credit claimants will need to show that their case is eligible for support, is a serious problem and they cannot afford to pay for legal costs.
Claimants in England or Wales can check on their eligibility for this on the Government’s website.
Additionally, they also provide tools for searching for a legal aid for those based in Scotland or Northern Ireland
A legal adviser or family mediator can apply for legal aid on the claimants behalf.
So long as a claimant qualifies, the Government will pay their legal costs directly.
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