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What is the case that you need legal aid for - what type of law?
What was the backpayment for?
Legal Aid is assessed on a variety of things, including income, capital, savings etc., so the £3k you have in the bank may have an impact as it is a lump sum. But you won't know until you make an application for legal aid and the solicitor assesses you.
You can try the online assessment for yourself; it takes details from you including about your finances so is relatively accurate in assessing whether you are eligible for legal aid or not: www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid
Alternatively you can find a legal aid solicitor at the following link and ask them to carry out an assessment for you: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk
If you have a lump sum in your account youhave to declare it. Whether it is taken as savings or not will be determined by the Legal Aid Board.
My understanding is that the Legal Aid Board will carry out a financial assessment, so you will have to go via that route to find out whether the payment of an underpayment counts as income/savings or not.
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