Enfield Disability Action (EDA) is delivering a new project. The Enfield Legal Partnership Project (ELPP) will support disabled people and carers to have better access to justice. Welfare reform has hit disabled people hard and there has been an increased demand for advice relating to benefit appeals, debt and housing. Withdrawal of legal aid has meant that front line advisors rather than solicitors are dealing with more complex cases which require more urgent action than before.
EDA specialises in providing support for disabled people and we recognise the need for increasingly integrated legal services. To cope with the increased demand and changes in the way that advice is provided there is a need to build the legal skills of advice workers across the borough. ELPP is funded by the London Legal Support Trust for twelve months to help build the capacity of over 50 organisations in the borough to deal with more complex cases and to identify appropriate sources of help. We will provide:
- One to one support for advisors. This includes legal input for written submissions to Tribunals and Local Authorities.
- A training programme for advisors to build knowledge and confidence in the areas of welfare benefits, housing and debt.
- Assistance to a minimum of 55 disabled people through pro bono support to the advisors working on their cases and direct pro bono support from solicitors.
- We will identify and take two test cases through the judicial review process.
ELPP has only shoestring funding to achieve these goals, and must seek support from interested individuals and organisations. We are particularly looking for assistance in the following areas:
- Support in creating an effective referral and monitoring system and case law library for use across the partnership.
- Pro bono advice and case work assistance.
- Pro bono support in putting together and delivering a training programme to develop advice workers legal skills.
- Pro bono legal work to identify and take test cases.
- Financial assistance and partnerships to provide any of the above.
If you or an organisation you work for can assist us in any way – big or small – to achieve our goals, please contact Lani Parker (Project Coordinator) at either ELPP@EDA.org.uk or 020 8 373 6330.