Thanks to Michael Reed of the Free Representation Unit for tipping me off about this.
The Ministry of Justice has just announced a simplification of the fee remissions structure, effective 30 June. With effect from 30 June:-
- applicants no longer need to provide original copies of documents; HMCTS will accept photocopies;
- applicant's won't have to tell HMCTS the exact amount of disposable capital they have; just the relevant threshold it falls into
- bank statements can be printed copies from online banking systems
- DWP letters can now be dated within the last three months (previously it had to be less than a month old)
HMCTS is also producing a clearer, simplified form, and has announced that if a piece of information is missing, it will endeavour to contact the applicant rather than reject the claim.