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Save local legal support for victims of discrimination

Local support over the last few years has been available to victims of discrimination. This has been resourced through a grants programme run by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The Government Equality Office now wish to scrap the resources to these local organisations and put in place a national telephone advice service. This will mean that victims of discrimination who can today have face to face advise from an advisor who is up to date with their case will in the future have to get advice as and when it is available from a variety of different call handlers. This will mean that many victims of discrimination will not have the support they need to challenge the discrimination they face with confidence. This will ultimately mean that injustice that victims of discrimination face it less likely to be challenged.

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      • grahamgraham commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        typical of our evil and dispicable condem govt they dont even seem to care about victims of discrimination and as i have allready said on other campaign suggestions on this forum they only care about MONEY, BIG BUSINESS, THEMSELFS,AND CUTTING THE DEFICIT

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is so important that people sign the petition, write to their MP's and vote on this site. I am currently going through a discrimination case in relation to my job and have been receiving excellent support, advice and representation from the Race Equality Centre. I have no idea how my case will fare if, in April, the funding for the organisation is stopped. There is no comparison to having a face to face discussion about your particular case and making a call to someone you have not met, have to repeat information to with the inevitability of a call going unanswered. The Government need to rethink, and listen to what people are saying as they will be falling right into employees hands who no doubt will be rubbing their hands in glee.

      • Ayo OgoloAyo Ogolo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I come across racism, and almost on a daily basis. I support this campaign and in relation to the unacceptable alternative of having a face to face consultation with someone that you can see, rather than someone that you don't know, and have no idea who you are talking to. My experience with phone consultation from CAB, and the like is that you have to go over information, which is unnecessary and causes more frustration than if you are speaking ftf with an advisor

      • Daniella GluckDaniella Gluck commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        At Anonymous - yep I do have a vested interest. As a human being I have a vested interest in maintaining human rights and therefore personal choice. Not sure what you would prefer really? Perhaps it isn't in your interests to make your choices clearer? They may reveal who you are?

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What about the discrimination against those who wish to exercise personal choice. There has never been any support for them when they are accused of commiting a crime just because they have a personal preference and their preference is not deemed to be 'politically correct'.

        Too much legislation in this country and now you want us to further support the legal profession through grants.

        Have you a vested interest?

      • Mick SmithMick Smith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is what happens when the 'cheque book' takes over. Whilst unable to properly manage tax revenues and huge bopmuses etc they happily reduce services to those most in need.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The REC Preston and West Lancs i well regarded and highly rated for the service they provide to those who feel that they have been didcriminated.They need that support.If such a service is removed,it will only reduce the confidence of public in the Government regarding its serious commitment to combat the discrimination.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As a volunteer at a Race & Equality Centre for the past 11 years, I have witnessed the struggle for funding every year. This is the final straw
        face to face casework is essential and the core of our activities. without funding we will be abandoning helpless clients to bullying and threats.
        What do we do in the meantime stop taking new cases knowing that cases run for months and our clients will eventually have to resort to other probably fee charging organisations?
        Eric Bowers

      • Sharon WillisSharon Willis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I work for a voluntary organisation that will be affacted by these changes. I see everyday how the service we offer clients is so valuable. People will have nowhere to turn without this support and unfair treatment will be allowed to carry on unchallenged.

      • GeraldineGeraldine commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Double discrimination - not only are minority groups more likely to face discrimination - but they are more likely to be in low paid jobs and so less likely to be able to afford to pay for decent face to face specialist advice. Second class service for perceived second class citizens!!

      • Berni EdwardsBerni Edwards commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As employee of an organisation that is partly funded by the EHRC I see direct benefits to clients who have been receiving advice from us on the grounds of discrimination the vast majority of these people are very vulnerable and unsure of their rights we assist them by providing free legal advice on all types of discrimination including race, religion, disability, gender, age, sexual orientation and we have had many successes, without our help these people will have no where to turn.

      • James NolanJames Nolan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What a sad society we live in when a professional footballer (Evra) complains of race harrassment against another footballer (Swares) and the FA pay huge sums to investigate the complaint and deliver justice , and yet the general public will not have no access to discrimination advice and casework due to the removal of EHRC funding to advice agencies.

      • Joanna Rowland-StuartJoanna Rowland-Stuart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Any Government, when it's squeezed for money, will always go for the "soft targets" - taxing motorists, drinkers and smokers, and cutting services and support to certain groups (unioon reps, disabled people, asylum seekers, vulnerable LGBT people), while at the same time stirring up public opinion by calling them cheats, fiddlers, scroungers, work-shy, spongers etcetera.
        The great shame is that the Liberal Democrats (for so long the espousers of liberty and human rights) have gone along with this agenda, just so that they can be in Government.
        I expected this of the Tories. Not from them.

      • jeremy leejeremy lee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        why does the government always attack the poor, the needy and minority groups - whether it is race, disability, sexuality, gay or trans people and those on low inomes - they have lost their sense of perspective and are being so selfish that they are not worthy to be in power

      • Christopher CarrollChristopher Carroll commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This support is vital to experiencing discrimination. These people are likely to be at their most vulnerable at this time and a faceless call centre is not going to provide the tailored expert advice of someone fully aware of the ins and outs of a case and the support that can be provided by a call centre is incomparable with that provided face to face.

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