The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC) is funded by a levy paid by legal practitioners operating in Scotland. The SLCC laid its Budget for 2012-2013 before the Scottish Parliament on 30 April 2012.
Below is the link to view online or download a copy of the SLCC Budget.
Under the terms of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007, the SLCC is required to consult with the relevant professional bodies about its proposed budget.
Please see the link below for the response the SLCC received from the relevant professional bodies.
The SLCC responded to the concerns raised by the Law Society by making the following adjustments to the budget:
£150,000 has been released from the SLCC reserves to underwrite the budget. This allows SLCC to reduce the top rate of the levy from £338 to £318, a reduction of 5.9% from the original proposal.
The complaints levy has been set at a maximum of £3,500, a reduction from the original proposal of a maximum of £5,000
Further to the consultation process, the SLCC has also taken the opportunity to respond to comments raised by Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, by proposing changes which would enable more cost-effective working in the future. In particular, the SLCC wish to open up a debate on what it considers to be the most constraining element of it's complaints work; both in terms of cost and efficiency, and effective complaints handling contained within the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007.
For further information, please see the links below.