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    Just a thought, wouldn't household income rather than individual income be more appropriate?

    Probably aye (although I'm not currently an MP).
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    Where are the costings? It also covers far too many people

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    I did very rough costings for them: 27 million taxpayers earn below £43000, it is fair to assume 13.5m earn below £26000. If it is further assumed individuals only buy or rent houses as part of a couple, there would be 6.75m couples but as 11% of the British population move home each year that reduces the number to 742500 couples. When demanding legal aid at the average cost of £1500, the total cost is £1.1bn, however, it will likely be a lot more because there are more than 27 million people earning below £26000, there are people who are unemployed who move house, elderly individuals move when downsizing, and legal aid in this bill covers disputes over property.
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    (Original post by Nigel Farage MEP)
    I did very rough costings for them: 27 million taxpayers earn below £43000, it is fair to assume 13.5m earn below £26000. If it is further assumed individuals only buy or rent houses as part of a couple, there would be 6.75m couples but as 11% of the British population move home each year that reduces the number to 742500 couples. When demanding legal aid at the average cost of £1500, the total cost is £1.1bn, however, it will likley be a lot more because there are more than 27 million people earning below £26000, there are people who are unemployed who move house, and elderly individuals move when downsizing.
    £26k is approximately median, so more like 16m under it, further I imagine you get a lot of households where one partner is above and one below which means more than 50%. Further there are groups beyond <26k that get it, such as the pregnant and old people, driving the figure up further. However, it does have to be asked about the demographics of moving house, I imagine there is very much a skew towards the wealthier which would bring the overall figure down. Either way, the cost is high enough it needs costing.
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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    £26k is approximately median, so more like 16m under it, further I imagine you get a lot of households where one partner is above and one below which means more than 50%. Further there are groups beyond <26k that get it, such as the pregnant and old people, driving the figure up further. However, it does have to be asked about the demographics of moving house, I imagine there is very much a skew towards the wealthier which would bring the overall figure down. Either way, the cost is high enough it needs costing.
    That is something I did not think of, the bill is badly written that a household with a stay-at-home parent could change who is moving house to take advantage of free legal advice. There is another problem with what earnings is, under the current tax system, dividends from a company could all be transferred to a spouse, placing one partner below the £26000 limit to be eligible for legal aid, the same can be done for savings: a terrible bill.
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    It is a fair point about household income, though somehow flat shares need to be covered.

    I would not expect all those moving house to need legal aid, as it is about disputes, so it will be a fraction of those suggested.

    An estimate will form part of the second reading.
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