15 December 2011 #Employment
The Government has announced plans to establish a new Equality Advisory and Support Service. The announcement comes following the Government’s decision to cease funding for the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) helpline and legal grants programme in 2012. This new service will replace the current helpline run by the EHRC.
It is envisaged that the new service will provide help and assistance to disadvantaged individuals who are impacted by discrimination. Non means tested telephone advice and support will be provided in terms of finding informal solutions to discrimination complaints in addition to lay independent advocacy support. Furthermore it is intended that the service will assist individuals, who have been unable to resolve their problems informally or through other forms of dispute resolution, to prepare for a claim.
The Government has also stated that legal aid will continue to be available for claims in breach of the Equality Act 2010 after the legal aid reforms planned for April 2013. The future central government funding for legal advice on discrimination cases will be solely through legal aid.
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