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The cost of the Public Defender Service
The Cost of Employing a Junior at PDS per year
Salary = £90,000 per year for a 37 hour week 40.5 days leave and privilege days
Pension contribution = £21,600
NI contribution = £11,629
Practising Certificate etc= £831.68
Clothing (bands etc) = £200
Personal expenses = £650
Archbold = £450
Total = £125,360.68
Cost of Employing a Self-Employed junior to work on a VHCC full time for a year on a Category 2 case with the same number of hours preparation as Operation Cotton
Say the trial preparation takes 8 months (ie 1080 hours) to prepare and 4 months in court. To pay a self-employed Junior to do the same work done by a PDS Junior would cost1:
New Rates (cut by 1/3)
£51.10 x 1080 (prep) = £55,188 £176 x 80 (trial of 4 months) = £14,080 = £69,268
( Old Rates £73 x 1080 = £78,840 , £252 x 80(trial of 4 months) = £20,160 = £99,000)
On New Rates (cut by 1/3) It costs taxpayers £56,092.83 more to employ a PDS Junior to do a Category 2 VHCC than to get a self-employed Junior to do it. Whilst the PDS Junior has a salary of £90,000, the self-employed advocate has to pay his own expenses (Chambers rent, pension, travel, clerks fees, admin support, clothing, insurance etc, computer) out of his fee, making the equivalent salary at least 35% less – about £45,000, to do the most demanding and complicated fraud and terrorism cases.
On Old Rates it costs taxpayers £26,360.68 more to employ a PDS Junior to do a Category 2 VHCC
Since most VHCCs are Category 3 where the new hourly rate is £42 per hour for a self-employed junior the employment of a PDS junior to do VHCCs is even worse value for money – £42 x 1080(prep)= £45,360, £176 x 80 (trial of 4 months) = £14,080 = £59,440 . Thus the PDS Junior costs the Taypayer £65,920.68 than to get self-employed Junior to do it.