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Means assessments for vulnerable clients
The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has confirmed that while it expects that a means assessment is completed fully for all cases, it recognises that for particularly vulnerable clients, for example, some homeless and community care clients, it may be difficult to provide the full set of means information needed.
In such circumstances, to avoid the means application being rejected on multiple occasions, the LAA has agreed to arrange for its senior means assessors to take a view based on the particular circumstances of the case.
Practitioners can contact the LAA via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with 'vulnerable client means assessment' in the subject line of the email.