‘Election looming – Fight now for Legal Aid and Advice’

‘Election looming – Fight now for Legal Aid and Advice’

Saturday 7 February 2015
10.30am-3pm
The Mechanics Institute
103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD
Justice Alliance North is organising this FREE event because in the run up to the General Election we want to bring together everyone willing to help fight the cuts in funding for legal aid and advice.
To share updates and information on issues: domestic violence, welfare reform, poverty, mental health, disability, immigration, judicial reviews, criminal legal aid and what actions we will take to fight for advice in these areas.
Most of all to get together to plan for:
  • targeted lobbying of election candidates, MPs and councillors, to stop and reverse the cuts
  • organising campaign actions and publicity
  • getting more public support
For comprehensive publicly funded legal advice and representation services.
This event is FREE
***Travel costs***
For asylum seekers and those with no income we hope to be able to contribute to or ideally cover travel. If you know someone who would like to attend and needs help with travel costs in advance please email us at the address below with their name, circumstances, contact details (address/phone number/email if relevant) and we will get in touch. 
If you can help us cover these costs we would be very grateful –  we welcome donations of any size (even a few pounds) to allow us to make this event accessible for all. Please email us if you can help: northernsavejustice@gmail.com. We are a not for profit voluntary group entirely reliant on donations to do our campaign work.
 
Please book a place in advance by emailing: northernsavejustice@gmail.com
Please forward the link to this page and circulate widely

Join the Facebook group for the event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/368202646674136/?ref_dashboard_filter=hosting

DIRECTIONS AND MAP

THE MECHANICS CENTRE MAP

DIRECTIONS TO THE MECHANICS CENTRE

FLYER

7Feb event-flyer

****AGENDA*****

10.30-11.00 Tea, coffee and registration 

11-11.15 Introduction to the day given by Denise McDowell of Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit

11.15-12.15 Round table discussions

Share knowledge and experiences of how legal aid and others cuts in advice have affected different areas of law, with the opportunity to come up with ideas on how to fight back against the cuts.

Individual tables will focus on different areas of practice. Participants can choose the table they wish to join as well as having the option to move to a different table at a later point.

Themes for individual tables:

  1. Health, mental health, disability
  2. Domestic abuse and areas of practice affecting women
  3. Immigration and asylum
  4. Welfare reform
  5. Young people’s advice
  6. Housing
  7. Criminal

12.15-12.30 Feedback from group discussions 

This will include any ideas for action that have arisen from the round table discussions.

12.30-1.00 Lunch Sandwiches and drinks will be provided.

1.00-2.30 Action groups

Tables will be set up for people to move around to discuss future participation in action. These actions may have been thought up in the morning session or may be actions thought up prior to the event. Some ideas for action already in progress are:

  1. Political lobbying
  2. Media and publicity
  3. Networking, creating/nurturing links with organisations
  4. Setting up a new law centre in Manchester
  5. Supporting the next generation of legal aid lawyers and advice workers.

2.30-3.00 Feedback from groups

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