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The amount of taxpayer money going to legal aid providers jumped 19% in the year to June 30, new figures from the Legal Services Agency reveal.

The Legal Services Agency paid $161.7 million (GST exclusive) to legal aid providers, in the year, up from $136 million last year.

About 67,000 people accessed legal services from about 89,000 legal aid grants, a 5% increase on the previous year.

In total the agency received about 100,000 applications for legal aid during the year.