Come on Justice for All, wake up, we need to be e-mailing the Lords again for 23 April. Let's have some of those Pair with a Peer e-mails. No time for shirking or sleeping get on with it please! It's Ping-Pong time.
"Willy Bach þ @fightbach Follow Following #LASPOScene shifts to HoL on 23rd.Vital we ALL keep going.Keep pressure on next few days.Our cause is just and worth fighting for.Lets do it"
With the news today that the Lords will fight on on Monday with a new tranche of amendments-time to get weaving today on e-mailing Lords all over again. Please get this out on all networks and ask them to get everyone writing again.
Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Apr 20, 2012 7:50:05 GMT
Couldn't agree with you more Jman. It would be great if we could track down some of the peers on Twitter too as a lot of them communicate via social media. I used it to communicate info with my own MP right into the chamber in the House of Commons. The Lords' are even more with it with Blackberries, iphones galore - it's with them in an instant with a means of accessing links to key points. Am working on something over on Mylegal for first - tier tribunal work
Justice for All have sent out a further Pair with a Peer briefing on Sunday may just get to Lords today if you send it quickly
"Dear pair up with a peer campaigners,
Last week Government announced some major concessions on the Legal Aid Bill (particularly around legal aid for domestic violence victims) - a great testament to long months of campaigning by yourselves and others. We're now into the frantic final few days of the Bill, and so I have one last request for an email to your peer (particularly if they have been responsive in the past).
We're now in the 'ping-pong' phase, where the House of Lords and House of Commons try and agree on a final version of the Bill. The Lords will be debating it again tomorrow (Monday) afternoon, focusing on some vital amendments on welfare benefits, domestic violence and the telephone gateway.
If you have had responses from your peer in the past, or if they voted in favour of these amendments last time round, could you drop them a short note today, asking them to vote for these amendments tomorrow? A short piece of template text is below, and attached is a briefing on welfare benefits which you could forward on.
Thanks so much again for your help. I'll let you know how the debate tomorrow goes, and when the Bill finally passes.
All the best Will
Ps check out our Delicious page for some coverage of last week's concessions
Template text to include if you'd like to
I strongly support Lord Bach's amendment on social welfare law, Baroness Scotland's amendment on domestic violence and amendments that might go down tomorrow to ensure advice can be accessed face-to-face, and to retain legal aid for children.
The welfare benefits amendment is particularly important. The Lord Chancellor announced a limited concession in the Commons last week, showing he does believe that legal aid for advice when appealing to the first tier tribunal is sometimes necessary. However, I agree with Citizens Advice and Scope, who believe it was based on a misunderstanding about what constitutes a legal issue. All first tier tribunal cases are legally complex and potentially require legal advice, and I would prefer to see this commitment on the face of the bill rather than left to be introduced via a statutory instrument (particularly given the confusion with which it was announced). I attach a short briefing outlining this position.
On Domestic Violence, I agree with the Womens' Institute that although Governement's concessions last week are extremely welcome, they still risk leaving some victims without access to advice. Baroness Scotland's amendment would address these final issues.