To: THE GOVERNMENT

NO MAD LAWS

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NO MAD LAWS PETITION

We the undersigned call upon the Government to ensure that Gypsies and Travellers who need advice and assistance under the legal aid scheme are able to receive it.
Due to the legal aid reforms contained in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, Gypsies and Travellers on rented local authority sites are unable to get advice and assistance apart from in eviction cases and cases involving serious disrepair, and Gypsies and Travellers facing eviction from encampments by local authorities may be unable to challenge the eviction action even where the local authority are acting in defiance of government guidance.
We call upon the Government to ensure that: the legal aid regulations relating to the payment for work done on judicial review claims pre-permission should be withdrawn and legal aid should be reinstated for judicial review, subject to the usual merits criteria and eligibility provisions; trespassers are brought back within the definition of ‘loss of home’ for the purposes of legal aid; as proposed by the Low Commission ( see http://www.lowcommission.org.uk/ ), Housing Law should be brought back within scope for legal aid; and, as the Low Commission also recommended, there should be an urgent radical overhaul of the provision of Exceptional Funding

Why is this important?

TRAVELLERS AND GYPSIES ARE SUFFERING BECAUSE OF CHANGES TO THE LEGAL AID SYSTEM.WE NEED THE LAW TO BE CHANGED

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Reasons for signing

  • So many sites that traditionally would have been places for Traveller, Gypsy and Roma families to live have disappeared. People have a right to live and a place to live is part of that right. The discrimination against these families seems to be "acceptable " with real obstacles placed in their way because of who they are. The building of good relationships between All peoples is central to the Common Good of all.
  • i think travellers & gypsies should get this availability of legal aid, on the basis of being charged based, on the size & location residence that they occupy [be it a caravan plot or other, except if they are tenant & the landlord receives their rent (then the charge has to included in the rent & fall on the Landlord)].
  • I think Romanies have as much as anyone to be heard and helped

Updates

2014-10-23 08:11:26 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2014-09-14 17:14:09 +0100

500 signatures reached

2014-08-29 10:07:53 +0100

100 signatures reached

2014-08-28 20:03:11 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-08-28 18:36:49 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-08-28 14:07:35 +0100

10 signatures reached