Your Centre for Human Rights in Practice needs you!

Whether you are not-for-profit or private sector, if you work (or did recently work) in any of the following areas of law under public funding (legal aid) the Centre for Human Rights in Practice are asking you to complete this survey and and pass it to anyone else you know.

It is fully anonymous and can only be completed once from each computer to prevent multiple submissions

The survey is open until 3rd March and is applicable to you if you work/worked in:

  • Community Care
  • Debt
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Housing
  • Immigration and Asylum
  • Mental Health
  • Public Law
  • Welfare Benefits

What is the survey for?

This survey has been created to gather robust evidence regarding the impact of the cuts to legal aid introduced by LASPO. Much of the focus to date has been on the immediate impact of the cuts on advice providers and the individuals they support. This survey aims to capture the lasting effects on the sector by documenting the cumulative loss of expertise that will result from service closures.

By exploring what will happen to individuals working in social welfare law once the cuts take effect, we hope to provide rigorous evidence demonstrating that LASPO cuts will inflict serious and permanent damage to the social welfare law sector and leave generations of vulnerable individuals without the high quality support that they need to access justice.

This evidence will feed into the work being carried out by the Low Commission, amongst others.

A report analysing the findings of the survey will be published on 1st April 2013 to coincide with LASPO coming into force. Our hope is that the report will give campaigners both a robust evidence base demonstrating the impact of the cuts and provide a different angle from which to lobby for long term funding for the sector

Who is the survey for?

The survey is aimed at all individuals currently working in the categories of law listed above and those who may have already left due to the cuts and anticipated implementation of LASPO. It is sector wide – lawyers and non-laywers – and participation is not linked to membership of any particular advice network.

Who is the survey by?

The survey and attendant report is being run by the Centre for Human Rights in Practice based at the University of Warwick. The survey questions were developed in partnership with ilegal and the report will be published exclusively through ilegal in the first instance.

Contact ilegal for more information.

2 thoughts on “Your Centre for Human Rights in Practice needs you!

  1. Thanks for raising awareness, this would be really useful if enough people get involved. I’ll try and spread the word.

  2. Whenever you see an advertisement that begins “…needs you,” you ought to be more than a little suspicious.

    It was the slogan of WWI, wasn’t it? Your country needs you to sit in rat-infested trenches until one of your limbs is blown up, just so your nation can maintain its colonies and maintain a haves/have-nots division.

    We’ve seen a lot of abuse of the term “human rights” over the years, so it’s no wonder that applications brought to the ECHR are virtually thrown out on receipt.

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