What is disposable income ?
For the purposes of calculating whether you are entitled to legal help and similar services the Legal Aid Agency will deduct the following from your income:
a) Deduction of a certain amount depending on how many dependent children you have.
b) Tax and National Insurance.
c) Maintenance you are paying to your wife/husband of former wife/husband or a child or relative, (who are not members of your current household).
d) Housing costs, for example mortgage or rent, (less any housing benefit). There is a maximum figure of £545 per month if you have no dependents. Otherwise the full value of your housing costs can be taken into account.
e) Employment related expenses, for example travel costs. This figure is a set of £45 per month.
f) Childminding charges, these are only deductible if you are receiving a wage or salary and actually pay private childminding charges. Deduction can only be made for children 15 or under, (unless they are disabled in which case there will be no limit on age).
g) If you are in receipt of certain state benefits on top of your income then these will be disregarded, (examples are disability living allowance, invalid care allowance, council tax benefit, housing benefit, payments out of the social fund etc).
Questions & Answers
- What is Legal Aid?
- Is Everyone entitled to Legal Aid?
- How do I show I cannot pay for my case?
- What is disposable income?
- What is meant by capital?
- Do I get something for nothing?
- Can the Statutory Charge be waived or postponed?
- Can I apply for Legal Aid on behalf of someone else?
- Are there any other schemes under which I might get free or cheap legal advice?
- Are there any cases for which Legal Aid is not available?