Election 2015: take action

YLAL General Election notes - Vote on 7 May 2015

 

Register to vote - the last day is 20th April: http://igiveanx.co.uk/#two

 

Count down the days to the vote here.

 

Bite sized manifestos

 

All the major parties in England and Wales on legal aid in less than 140 characters (with thanks to YLAL Oliver Carter):

 

#GE2015 manifestos on #legalaid (1/5) - Conservatives: 'continue to review our legal aid systems' for access to justice in an efficient way

www.conservatives.com/manifesto

 

#GE2015 manifestos on #legalaid (2/5) - Labour: ensure access to legal representation not determined by wealth, widen access for DV victims

http://b.3cdn.net/labouruk/e1d45da42456423b8c_vwm6brbvb.pdf 

 

#GE2015 manifestos on #legalaid (3/5) - Lib Dems: review criminal & civil legal aid & court fees; ensure legal aid available to all in need

www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto

 

#GE2015 manifestos on #legalaid (4/5) - Green Party: reverse all coalition cuts to legal aid at a cost of £700m per year

www.greenparty.org.uk/we-stand-for/2015-manifesto.html

 

#GE2015 manifestos on #legalaid (5/5) - Ukip: no mention of legal aid or access to justice, but fund 800 advisers to work at food banks

www.ukip.org/manifesto2015

 

#GE2015 manifestos on #legalaid - Plaid: will reverse legal aid cuts for fair access to justice and will monitor implementation 

www.partyof.wales/2015-manifesto/

 

Or take a look at these quotes and a handy chart by the Legal Aid Team:

www.legalaidteam.com/general-election/

 

The longer version...

 

Read a longer analysis of party manifestos on justice issues by Oliver Carter here:

http://thejusticegap.com/2015/04/voting-for-justice-what-do-the-manifestos-promise/

 

Who are your election candidates?

 

Search here: https://yournextmp.com You can find their email addresses, Twitter and facebook details via that link.

 

Take action

 

Ask questions of your election candidates using these resources. What do you want them to do for justice if elected? 

 

Find local hustings where you can go along to hear candidates answer questions (and maybe put a legal aid question of your own to them): https://meetyournextmp.com

 

Attend the Vote for Justice rally on Thursday 23 April 1.30-5.30pm:

http://www.clsa.co.uk/index.php?q=VJR-Why-we-MUST-attend

 

***UPDATE*** Read a report on the event here, attended by YLAL Yvonne Kramo who also spoke to the rally: www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/mersey-advice-beat/news/hundreds-of-solici...

 

Watch and share the new Legal Aid Team film with others so they know why this matters. 370k views so far and counting - can you help it reach 500k by the election? www.facebook.com/theguardian/videos/10153236859531323/?fref=nf

 

Resources

 

Justice Alliance booklet: 

https://justiceallianceuk.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/ja_prog_23feb2015_final.pdf

 

Email your candidates this film by the Justice Alliance: 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjOigFHdVIY

 

Share this open letter to Nick Clegg especially with the Lib Dems:

https://justiceallianceuk.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/ja-libdem_open_letter4-3.pdf

 

And these testimonials from 100 different groups that care about legal aid:

https://justiceallianceuk.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/ja-statements-22nov2013-2.pdf

 

Share this legal aid mythbuster: 

https://justiceallianceuk.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/mythbuster1.pdf

 

Ask your candidate if they will sign up to the Legal Aid Practitioner Group’s manifesto for legal aid:

http://lapg.co.uk/new-legal-aid-manifesto-prioritises-vulnerable-groups-in-society-children-disabled-people-and-victims-of-domestic-violence/

 

Send them our reports based on research with MPs and their caseworkers on how legal aid cuts can impact MPs’ ability to help constituents:

 

www.younglegalaidlawyers.org/sites/default/files/YLAL_Nowhere_else_to_turn.pdf

 

www.younglegalaidlawyers.org/sites/default/files/Nowhere%20else%20to%20turn_one%20year%20on.pdf 

 

Share this story on recent YouGov poll: 84% of the public said access to justice is a fundamental right:

www.theguardian.com/law/2015/apr/13/justice-concern-free-healthcare-yougov-poll-legal-aid-cuts

 

After the election

 

Tips on contacting your MP to keep justice on the agenda: www.younglegalaidlawyers.org/meet-your-mp

 

And take a look at the powerpoint below.

 

Help us lobby MPs and peers in the new Parliament by joining our “All Party Group on legal aid subgroup”. We email parliamentarians when issues about access to justice arise and help organise meetings to brief them on current legal aid matters (http://www.apg-legalaid.org). Email ylalinfo@gmail.com to join the group.