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Not available from any other source

Sections 26(2(c) and 28(4)(a)

We cannot grant civil legal services if legal assistance is available from another source.

This is not  an exhaustive provision, but examples of other sources could include other legal aid schemes such as the Mental Health Tribunals legal aid scheme,
the Criminal Law (Mental Health) Review Board legal aid scheme, or from a trade union or representative body of which they are a member. It may also apply for example, if they  have already received the same advice privately but have come to us to receive a second opinion. Again this is because we are spending taxpayers money providing this service and must use our limited funds to benefit those most in need.