Making Sense of Special Educational Needs

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Legal Aid

Legal Aid is available for parents or young people over the age of 18 who may meet the financial threshold for eligibility.

The scheme is administered through the Legal Aid Agency and is means tested.

If you receive certain benefits, they are passported through the Income Means Test. You automatically qualify within the income limits, but you will still have to prove that you have less than £8,000 of savings or capital.

Passported benefits include:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (GC)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

These are the thresholds for education cases. Different areas of law will have different thresholds. If you have been refused Legal Aid in one area do not assume you will be refused legal aid in this area.

To start your application for legal aid go to:


We do not hold a franchise for Legal Aid work and so will not be able to support you.

We strongly believe that if you are eligible for support under the Legal Aid Scheme you should use it. Legal Aid will prepare and serve any appeal documentation, commission any additional reports you need and deal with the LA/Tribunal. They will not attend the Tribunal but may be able to arrange a third party to help.