Comisiwn yn gwobrwyo £4.2 miliwn o gyllid i brosiectau cyngor cyfreithiol

Commission awards £4.2 million funding to legal advice projects

23 October 2009

Organisations offering legal advice on equality and human rights issues will find out today (23 October 2009) if they have been successful in their application for funding from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The Commission has offered awards totalling £4.2 million to 77 voluntary sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland that applied for funding.

Awards have been made to law centres, advice bureaux, racial equality councils, advice centres, disability advice specialists and human rights organisations.

The legal funding initiative, which is part of the Commission’s £10.2 million Strategic Funding Programme, covers two main areas:

  • The provision of legal advice, casework and representation to individuals about matters falling within the Equality and Human Rights enactments.
  • Raising awareness and knowledge of equality and human rights.

John Wadham, Group Legal Director at the Commission, said:

'Organisations giving legal advice on equality and human rights issues make an invaluable contribution. Funding them furthers our legal strategy and will strengthen the contribution they make to their communities.

'The work these organisations undertake will supplement the Commission’s strategic litigation. For example, one organisation will be taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights.'

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For more information please contact the Equality and Human Rights Press Office on: 0203 117 0255 or out of hours: 07767 272818

Notes to editors

The Commission has powers under section 17 of the Equality Act 2006 to fund organisations.

The other part of the Commission strategic funding which is aimed at grassroots organisations providing guidance and support or promoting good relations is going through its second stage application process.

The Commission is a statutory body established under the Equality Act 2006, which took over the responsibilities of Commission for Racial Equality, Disability Rights Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission. It is the independent advocate for equality and human rights in Britain. It aims to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, strengthen good relations between people, and promote and protect human rights. The Commission enforces equality legislation on age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status, and encourages compliance with the Human Rights Act. It also gives advice and guidance to businesses, the voluntary and public sectors, and to individuals.