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Published 15/01/2019 by Romauld
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Public Law Project is organising a complete, one day course in Manchester to provide lawyers and advisers, policy people and decision makers with an understanding of public law principles and how they operate in bringing and defending judicial review claims. The course is also relevant to those working in campaigning organisations with a legal strategy and those representing and advising marginalised groups in society.
Debt collection staff are often the first to encounter or hear about people in vulnerable circumstances. This exclusive podcast looks at what has been, the current state and the future of vulnerability with debt collection.
Customers could be experiencing a wide range of vulnerable circumstances including mental health problems, addictions and considering suicide which can make starting a conversation about vulnerability difficult. This series of workshops was designed to tackle such delicate circumstances.
Colin Trend, the Money Advice Trust's lead trainer and tutor for the Vulnerability Focus programme discusses with UK finance the aims and objectives of the five workshops, designed to help frontline staff with practical support and tools to help your customers in vulnerable circumstances. Webinar takes place on Friday, 21 June 2019, 11.00 AM - 12.00 PM BST.
The Directory of Social Change are partnering with the Sheila McKechnie Foundation to offer the Introduction to Social Change and Campaigning workshops. This course will take place on 2 July at The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London, SE11 5RR. The workshops are designed for those interested in social change and change making. Participants will already be involved at a basic level of campaigning or are just about to get started – whether you are challenging your council about cuts to local services or protesting about the climate crisis – if you want practical information about the next steps, then this workshop is for you.
Published 17/06/2019 by Stacey Lamb
All of Toynbee Hall's operations have now returned to its original East End site, including a brand new advice and wellbeing centre.
Published 12/06/2019 by Stacey Lamb
The Ministry of Justice Legal Support Advisory Group aims to sit at the centre of the forums and boards within the judiciary, advice sector and legal professions. Following the group's first meeting, you can share your response to the questions discussed.
The Home Office published an application form and guidance for accommodation seekers under schedule 10 of the Immigration Act 2016, following a judicial review by Public Interest Law Centre.
A discussion paper from the Legal Services Consumer Panel sets out that while digital technology is clearly beneficial to the justice sector, it must be supported by a regulatory framework that will ensure that all customers have equal access to it, regardless of their level of IT literacy or access to internet. They argue that regulators could incentivise producers to use lawtech in order to broaden access to legal services. The panel encourages regulators to increase the transparency and auditability of AI systems in order to build trust with consumers.
The HMCTS Reform Programme has been widely denounced by legal experts - there was a consensus that staff cuts, court closures and the accelerated push for digitalisation are crushing access to justice in many parts of the country
Industry insiders stress that unrepresented claimants will need more information and financial safeguards if they are to instruct medical experts. MedCo, the company that currently runs the electronic system for allocating experts, recommend that the government builds in greater protection if litigants in person are to use the new portal.
Following the success of the Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDAC), The Government is using the same model to increase protection of children's rights and prevent their going into care through the 'Supporting Families: Investing in Practice' project.
This article is an overview of a comprehensive report analysing global access to justice and its repercussions in society that move past the obvious distress suffered by citizens who cannot claim their legal rights. The data in the report shows that injustice may trigger severe political upheaval and violence, and tackling it at its incipience would lead to more prosperous communities.
Tech for Good awards a yearly grant to UK-based charities and not-for-profits that create digital projects focused on improving people's lives. In this article, we look at two projects that we think would have great impact on the access to justice sector: Homeless Link's 'myIn-Form' and Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service's 'DYI Advocate'.
The Centre for Justice Innovation is running the ‘Mapping Innovation’ Project, which highlights 24 projects that champion innovative, evidence led practice in the justice system. The project came as a response to findings that suggested that numerous practitioners are unaware of projects in their neighbouring areas that have taken similar journeys – it seeks to increase the flow of information around the system.
Published 10/06/2019 by Stacey Lamb
Get your tickets for the free Wellbeing and Health Being Open Forum Event, looking at 'meeting the needs of minority communities'.
The Legal Access Challenge is officially open and welcomes diverse organisations to submit applications! The £250,000 Legal Access Challenge is looking for innovative legal solutions that will help individuals and SMEs to better understand and resolve their legal problems. The Challenge seeks to bring about long-term change in the legal services market through the development of user-facing solutions. Applications close on 11 August 2019!
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, in partnership with the Mayor of London, has launched the Windrush Justice Fund to empower and support grassroots groups and projects doing amazing work with the Windrush Generation across the UK. Grants between £200 and £2,000 are available, and the deadline for applications is 30 June. Find out more and apply.
Visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, undertook a mission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 5 to 16 November 2018. In spite of being the world’s fifth largest economy, the United Kingdom’s austerity policies adopted in 2010 have led to unprecedented levels of poverty with one fifth of its population living in poverty. The Special Rapporteur refers to the Government’s position as an ideological shift; switching from a solidarity post WWII model to a digital and sanitised version of the nineteenth century Dickensian workhouse.