From the beginning, we have been more than a Law Centre. We are a campaign for access to justice.
Our campaign is twofold.
First, we demand funding and support for all who need legal advice and representation.
You can read more about the effects of Legal Aid cuts and ways to fight them here. We have never aspired merely to plug the gaps left by Government funding cuts, which is why we demand the restoration of Legal Aid.
We are also fighting for a new generation of social welfare lawyers. Again, we demand the restoration of legal aid, as in fully funded legal aid meaning paid, not just voluntary lawyers.
Second, we are fighting together to change Government welfare reform policies.
This means challenging injustices in the legislation and welfare policy itself. Our volunteers on the frontline of our services see the hardship faced by the vulnerable in our community, and we campaign so that we can use this experience to enact real change through strategic litigation.
- In practice, this means ensuring our elected representatives keep Legal Aid on the political agenda.
- It means calling on the rest of the legal sector to support us in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable.
- It means creating innovative ways of funding our survival.
- It means building a sustainable volunteer base, because we are run by and for our community.
- It means producing hard-hitting commentary on topical issues.
- It means putting our campaigning weight behind legal challenges to unfair welfare policy and legislation.
- It means working with similar organisations to maximise our shared impact.