*Matthew is an unemployed single parent with mental health problems and five dependent children. He got into rent arrears and his landlord was threatening to evict them. All because of a housing benefit overpayment, which was now being deducted from his current housing benefit payments.
Matthew was not coping since the death of his partner and mother of their five children. Luckily his local Housing Advice Centre were there to give him legal advice and representation.
With their support, the Council wrote-off the overpayment and cleared all of his rent arrears so that housing benefit was now paying all of his rent. Consequently, Matthew and his five dependent children did not become homeless.
*Real name not used
We need your help to raise vital funds for free legal advice organisations that support vulnerable people throughout the UK with our fun, virtual fundraising challenge: Go the Extra Mile for Justice.
In place of our 2020 regional legal walks (outside London and the South East), we’re asking as many of you as possible to Go the Extra Mile for Justice. You can either take on your own sponsored fundraising challenge by signing up following the instructions below, or ‘Go a mile and donate £10’ by travelling one mile in any way you choose, donating £10 and nominating friends and family to #GotheExtraMile too.
By making a donation or fundraising for free legal advice organisations, you are helping to:
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, these services are needed now more than ever.
It doesn’t matter if you are running, skipping, cycling, walking, or even hopping dressed as a kangaroo, sign up below to ensure that everyone, no matter who they are, can get the vital support of advice agencies at this critical time.
Together our target is to complete 20,000 miles by the end of 2020. Will you help us?
Firstly, choose how you would like to Go the Extra Mile for Justice. This could be walking, running, cycling, hopping, skipping, jumping, or a combination – it’s entirely up to you!
Once you’ve chosen your method, choose a distance that is a challenge for you. This could be 1 mile, 10 miles, 50 miles or more. Go at your own pace and in your own way
Ask friends and family to sponsor a mile each – we’re suggesting a donation of £10 for each mile completed. Together we hope to complete 20,000 miles by the end of 2020
To sign up, start by clicking on your chosen region on the map of the UK
We want as many of you as possible to join the challenge! You can complete this on your own, with colleagues and friends, or even get the whole family involved.
On your own, in a team, or with family and friends let’s Go the Extra Mile for Justice
Here is a poster and a sponsorship form to help you with your fundraising!
In recent years, cuts to legal advice and the closure of local advice centres has had a devastating impact on the vulnerable people and disadvantaged communities that rely on them. This situation has been made worse by the additional pressure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
By signing up to Go the Extra Mile for Justice you can make a difference by helping to raise vital funds to cover this funding gap and support free legal advice at a critical time when it is needed the most.
You can ensure that any money you raise goes directly to your regional Legal Support Trust to help people in your local community get access to justice.
*Aron is 33 and lives alone in supported housing. Diagnosed as having Bipolar disorder, with extreme anxiety and depression, this impacts on all aspects of everyday living, including interaction with his 3 small children. Aron claimed Personal Independence Payment (PIP) but was told that he was not entitled to PIP. During this time, Aron became socially isolated. Contact with his children almost stopped, because he could not afford to support them in social activities. Aron was in despair at being disbelieved, until he went to his local advice service.
They helped Aron win his appeal, and he was awarded nearly £20,000 in backdated benefit. His weekly income was also increased by £128. Aron was pleased at this and it helped restore his sense of self-respect and also gave him the resources he sorely needed.
By supporting free legal advice centres, you will help people like Aron get the help and representation they deserve.