Public Service Pension Related Deduction
The Public Service Pension Related Deduction (PRD), which was payable by persons in employment who are members of a public service pension scheme, was abolished on 1st January 2019. Accordingly the allowance in respect of public service pension related deduction is not claimable by a person who applies for civil legal aid after 1st January 2019 subject to the following transitional arrangement:
Where a person applies for legal aid and the period of assessment includes some or all of 2018, they may be granted an allowance for PRD for the part of the period of assessment that includes 2018. A practical example of how this might occur is if the law centre decide to assess a person using a 2018 P60 / PRD60 in January or February. In this case the PRD allowance may be granted for the amount of PRD actually paid in 2018.
The Administrative Procedures Handbook (2018 edition) is amended to remove every instance where PRD was mentioned including in particular the entire section spanning pages 4-10 to 4-11 entitled “Pension related deduction / PRD / “Public service pension levy”.