Liberty’s vital Advice and Information service receives huge boost thanks to People’s Postcode Lottery players
11 January 2018
Liberty’s vital Advice and Information service – which helps thousands of people across Britain every year – is to receive a huge boost thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The £250,000 award will allow Liberty to provide free support and guidance to tens of thousands of people who have nowhere else to turn, helping them seek justice and stand up for their own rights and those of their friends and families.
Liberty’s Advice and Information service provides free legal advice to thousands each year, empowering them to take action if their own rights – or those of loved ones – are threatened.
Cuts to legal aid have left ordinary people all over the country without any form of legal support – meaning the service is an increasingly invaluable lifeline for anyone unable to find or afford a lawyer.
Thanks to the generosity of People’s Postcode Lottery players, Liberty will be able to expand the service with the recruitment of an Advice and Information Manager.
The funding will also enable Liberty’s expert staff to train frontline organisations, such as groups supporting survivors of domestic violence and hate crime, to provide legal advice tailored to their specialisms – dramatically improving access to justice across the UK.
Liberty’s lawyers take on strategic legal cases designed to change the law in order to better protect rights and freedoms. This award means it can recruit another specialist human rights lawyer to tackle an additional 20 test cases each year on issues including mental health, women’s rights and disability rights.
Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said: “Our human rights laws are there to protect every one of us when we or those we care about are forgotten or treated unfairly – whether its defending our privacy or free speech, or making sure loved ones are treated with dignity and respect in hospitals and care homes.
“We are so grateful to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Their generosity will change lives, helping thousands of people all over Britain stand up for their own rights and those of their friends and families.”
Liberty’s members want everyone in the UK to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Founded in 1934, we hold the powerful to account so rights are protected and freedom is valued for all. We are entirely independent and our principles are guided by evidence and expertise – not political agenda, profit or popular opinion. We campaign through the courts, in the news, in Parliament and in the wider community to demand and deliver lasting change to benefit the many and the most vulnerable. Join Liberty today.
About People’s Postcode Lottery
People’s Postcode Lottery manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different charities supporting a range of good causes. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised millions of pounds for good causes across Great Britain and internationally. People pay £10 for 10 draws, paid monthly in advance with a minimum of 31 per cent going to good causes.
To find out more about People’s Postcode Lottery visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk.