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Breaking: Court Fee Assistance Expanded for Thousands, New Opportunities for Financial Relief

Breaking: Court Fee Assistance Expanded for Thousands, New Opportunities for Financial Relief

The increase in income thresholds for the ‘Help with Fees’ scheme is a positive step towards ensuring universal access to justice for those on low incomes. By providing financial assistance to cover court fees, the scheme supports vulnerable individuals during a time of rising living costs. The simplification of the scheme and the ability for legal representatives to complete applications will make it easier for people to access the support they need. Over £80 million has been provided through the scheme in the last year alone, benefiting thousands of people in various cases. These reforms will make the scheme more generous and inclusive, particularly for families with children and individuals with fluctuating incomes. The changes also target the most financially vulnerable by providing more flexibility for those with savings and increasing fee discounts for higher earners. The public consultation showed strong support for the expansion and improvement of the scheme, which will come into force later this year. These changes align with the government’s efforts to ensure that everyone, regardless of their personal finances, can access justice.

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