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star this property date less than 2014-06-23more like thismore than 2014-06-23
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Mediation more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is taking to ensure that family mediation fees remain affordable. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Exeter more like this
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Mr Ben Bradshaw remove filter
unstar this property uin 201798 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-26more like thismore than 2014-06-26
star this property answer text <p>Statistics on the volume and value of family mediation funded through legal aid are contained within legal aid statistics: April 2013 to March 2014 (www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/322466/legal-aid-statistics-2013-14.pdf ). Tables 7.1 and 7.2 contain family mediation data between 2006-07 and 2013-14.</p><p> </p><p>An extract of the legal aid spend on family mediation is included in the table below:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>MIAMS</p><p>Volumes</p></td><td><p>MIAMS expenditure</p></td><td><p>Mediations</p><p>Starts</p></td><td><p>Mediations</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>26,388</p></td><td><p>£6,276,568</p></td><td><p>14,186</p></td><td><p>£6,997,924</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>31,338</p></td><td><p>£7,796,253</p></td><td><p>15,357</p></td><td><p>£6,917,892</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>30,662</p></td><td><p>£8,053,106</p></td><td><p>13,609</p></td><td><p>£6,307,518</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>13,354</p></td><td><p>£3,182,662</p></td><td><p>8,400</p></td><td><p>£4,291,680</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The large drop off in 2013-14 was due to removal of mandatory MIAM for onward legal aid funding, which meant that solicitors were no longer referring to mediation. We introduced a statutory MIAM in April 2014 as part of the Children and Families Act which places a legal obligation on an applicant to attend a MIAM before being able to issue court proceedings in certain private family law matters (children and financial disputes).</p><p> </p><p>It is too early to say what impact the introduction of statutory MIAMs has had on referral numbers but anecdotally we have heard from mediators and the judiciary that referrals are increasing and the message is getting through to the public.</p><p> </p><p>Family mediation is not regulated by this Department but legal aid remains available for mediation for those who meet the eligibility criteria.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Bermondsey and Old Southwark more like this
star this property answering member printed Simon Hughes more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 201796 remove filter
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less than 2014-06-26T15:57:11.5898866Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-26T15:57:11.5898866Z
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star this property label Biography information for Simon Hughes more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Ben Bradshaw more like this