Commenting on new legal aid statistics from the Ministry of Justice, covering the first quarter of 2019, which show a small rise in mediation information and assessment meetings and mediation starts, Jane Robey, CEO of National Family Mediation said:
“These latest figures are very disappointing. It’s true they show MIAMs and mediation starts have risen slightly, but however you look at it, nine per cent of a low starting figure is a small figure.
“Time will tell if this upwards trajectory is sustained, but at this rate we are several years away from a return of mediation take-up to pre-LASPO levels – let alone seeing any positive new growth.
“One thing that would definitely help accelerate mediation levels is active promotion by government.
“Ministers need to make a renewed push on promoting family mediation if they seriously want the figures to rise.”
The full statistics can be found using this link