‘The means testing of legal aid is set at a level that can require people on low incomes to make contributions to legal costs that they could not afford while maintaining a socially acceptable standard of living.’ This is according to a September 2018 report from the Law Society.
There is a desperate lack of refuge spaces for victims of domestic abuse -refuge provision should be a statutory obligation, backed by national ring fenced funding.
This is from the October 2018 report from the Home Affairs Committee on the forthcoming Government Bill on Domestic Abuse.
Although positive progress has been made in some areas of life for some people, there is still a lot more to do to ensure everyone is free from discrimination and can enjoy their basic human rights.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published their review of how Britain is performing on equality and human rights (pdf), in October 2018.
‘We have seen a welcome increase in reporting…however, this increase in reporting is also thought to reflect a genuine rise in hate crime around specific events such as the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack.’ This is according to an October 2018 update to the Government’s Hate crime action plan (pdf).
‘UK hate crime laws have been pieced together in an incremental manner, meaning they have quickly become outdated and are in need of reform to make them coherent and effective.’ This is according to a September 2018 Come Forward report (pdf) on access to justice in cases of LGBT hate crime.
Breaking down the specific barriers faced by Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women must be central to the bill.
This is from the September 2018 report (pdf) from the APPG on Domestic Violence and Abuse which makes key recommendations for the Government on issues to cover in forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill
The main barriers to justice are the high cost of legal representation, the difficulty of navigating the tribunal process without support and a low level of knowledge about employment rights.
This is according to the September 2018 report (pdf) from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), since it came into force in 2013.
People on incomes 10% to 30% below the minimum income standard are being excluded from legal aid. This is according to a March 2018 report by the University of Loughborough, commissioned by the Law Society on access to justice.
‘The state may infringe the right to life not only because of what it has done but also what it has failed to do.’ This is according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in their August 2018 policy briefing on Grenfell and the right to life.
UK households owe £19 billion in everyday bills according to an August 2018 press release by Citizens Advice.