Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Apr 5, 2012 7:51:39 GMT
I've put an article over on Mylegal which is intended to interact with our more public viewing audience, it's got a clear definition of the 11 voted for amendments which Government lost and all the links to campaign sites.
Please do have a look and let me have some feedback if you think anything needs altering. It struck me that the amendments were not clear so I had a good rummage around on Hansard and extricated the relevant information in an effort to clarify exactly which ones we are pressuring MP's into keeping.
6 days to go. Have you contacted your MP again yet? Yorkshire Law Man blog on what you must do
"Saturday, 7 April 2012A little time I begin with an apology. I've been too technical at times so sorry for anyone who's made an effort to read but been put off by terminology. All I can say in my defence is that as a Solicitor it's not natural dragging myself away from a spattering of Latin so weaning myself off acronyms as well will take some effort!
This post has a simple message. Help. Just do a little bit.
No money. I'm not one of the irritatingly cheerful people on the street who have gone beyond buckets for your change and now have clipboards for your bank details (because one-off acts of charity simply don't cut it nowadays). It's five minutes of your time I want.
The cuts to Legal Aid are going to happen. They might yet, however, be far more limited than it initially looked. Why? That unelected, unrepresentative, at times unnecessary bunch of nobs, the Lords.
I shouldn't be so harsh on them. The bunch we DID elect have recently decided to attack everything from pensioners to pasties, pausing only to make sure booze isn't cheap enough to drown our collective sorrows in.
What can the Lords do? They can debate. They can amend and amend they have. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (LAPSO) has become the most amended piece of legislation for decades. Some of the proposed cuts to Legal Aid have been, well, cut.
Unfortunately that's not an end to it. More fortunately, here comes the bit where you can help.
This website enables even the least politically interested person to type in their postcode and be presented with contact details for their constituency's Member of Parliament.
Email them. Write to them! Nobody writes letters any more, that should get their attention. If you're unemployed, turn up at their offices, because it's people on limited incomes that this will hit most.
Tell them to uphold the amendments from the Lords on the 17th of April.
Don't wait. Do it now or you'll forget and it will be too late. We have 9 days. 4 days later the Lords get one last say. 3 more and the Government will push as much as they can into law and that will be it.
This is democracy. This is the bit that we're always crowing on about as making us better than half the world because we can say how the country is run. You've missed your chance to save the NHS, you can still save justice........................."
Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Apr 10, 2012 17:16:34 GMT
I've put together another article over on Mylegal, it's principally aimed at the ardent Spartacus campaign groups. We had a brilliant interaction with all manner of people over the welfare reforms on Mylegal last year. This was when we were looking at what a 'car crash' the welfare reforms could turn out to be, since then they have of course been passed. What we now need is legal aid to act as some kind of preventative brake to help stop the resultant carnage which awaits.
The post includes all the links, a run down of why people need to be involved, what we are up against and links to all the main campaign groups. I've also included a template letter.
We need these amendments to carry on helping people; despite all the near promises by government to look seriously at funding, what have we seen? - a measly £20 million which won't necessarily get channelled in to specialist advice; - it's no where near enough. There is no alternative to legal aid for funding benefit work. This is why amendments 11 and 12 as well as 119 are absolutely crucial. Call me an optimist, but this is a battle I believe we can and must win. I support all the amendments, but for people affected by welfare reform these ones are the ones they need to bring to the attention of their MP.
We are just asking people to spend a few moments of their time to make sure MP's know why this is so important to us all - it won't cost you anything and will save you more money than government realises. The Government wants to get LASPO passed in to legislation this year. This means getting Royal Assent & making sure the bill is included in the Queen's speech which is drawn up by ministers and delivered by the monarch; this sets out the government's legislative agenda for the coming period. The current session of parliament will run until around Easter 2012, with the next state opening of parliament taking place shortly afterwards.
After the House of Commons considers LASPO on the 17th April, it then returns to the House of Lords once again on the 23rd April when it is expected to reach the final stage before Royal Assent.