Every year we raise money for the London Legal Support Trust – which supports voluntary sector organisations which provide legal advice about welfare law.
And that includes us, of course – so helping the LLST, helps us – and we really appreciate whatever you can donate this year.
Normally we walk a long, long way, but this year, we’re doing 10 days of answering 10 challenging LEGAL questions, instead.
These will be put up on social media, and as replies to questions posted, roughly one an hour between 9am and 7pm, for two weeks, with time off at the weekends!
They can be about the System in General and Advocacy (MON 28); Assessment and Eligibility (TUES 29); Budget Sign-Off and Care Planning (WEDS 30); Cuts and Revisions (THURS 1) and Supported Living, Ordinary Residence, and Housing Issues (FRI 2).
The second week, on the day the LLST Walk would have happened, we’ll be doing Covid-related questions, Easements and Carers’ issues (MON 5); Mental Capacity and Choice (TUES 6); Direct Payments, “Managed Accounts” and Health Budgets (WEDS 7), Continuing Health Care and s117 aftercare (THURS 8) and Charging and Financial Assessment (FRI 9). Oh yes – and Human Rights, at any time!
They’re all drawn from the work we do daily (and we’d soooo love to be asked one that’s new! – if you’re up for that personal challenge!?)
Every day, at 1pm, the 3 juiciest questions in the subject areas above, will be answered and discussed, and the video made available on YouTube.
We want to get the sector talking about law again, in this era of ‘anything goes’, and we will do whatever it takes to make it interesting!
The ground rules are as follows:
No question can be more than 100 words long.
It can be made up of several parts, but that’s the limit.
You can post a question HERE below, in the Comment box, anonymously, or you can leave your name on it – it’s up to you.
We want you to anonymise the name of the council or CCG, or care provider, AND the name of the person it’s about.
We won’t feature your question if you’re really asking for legal advice via this route, about a specific problem. We want you to make your question a GENERAL one, in terms of the wording please, and we have to trust you to do that.
We’re doing this because even though we can’t walk during social distancing, we can use what we know, to spread the word even further, about people’s rights – right to something that most people had hardly heard of, before Covid – whilst others have always had to depend upon it, and local authority’s grasp of the legal framework underpinning it, for a decent quality of life, independence and dignity.
The law needs to matter! Otherwise, who gets what is just arbitrary, and able to be manipulated.
That is not fair to the fearful, the uninformed, or to incapacitated people
and nor is it fair to the tax paying public, either.
We want questions from service users, family carers, care providers and social workers please – from advocates, care and support brokers, direct payment support staff, peer support groups, other charities and from any activist law firms or campaigners.
No holds barred, as long as it’s on one of the topics set out above!
Our aim is to inspire 1000 people to give £10 each.
If we succeed, we can become a proper law firm, acting through authorised solicitors, with a regular crowd-funding capacity – and therefore extend our support into the issue of judicial review proceedings, without recourse to the legal aid system.
We think that that will have an impact on the local authority and CCG world of resource allocation and commissioning. More than that, though, we hope to revive interest in legal principle, as a strategic tool for ensuring that we do all GET what Parliament intended, even if no political party in living memory has ever fully funded what it collaborated over legislating for.
So PLEASE DONATE
HERE, please, not our usual button on our website, please – CASCAIDr’s Virgin Money Giving fundraising page link for this campaign can be found, here:
Here is an example of the sort of question we mean, below, where one would normally put a Comment: