Social Welfare Lawyers in the Centre of Birmingham

Campaigns and Consultations

Low Commission Final Report

The Low Commission is an independent commission set up by the Legal Action Group to report into the question of access to justice especially in the light of the recent and ongoing Legal Aid reforms. They produced their final report in January 2014. Click here to access The Low Commission final report.

CLP has done an analysis of this report:


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CLP Analysis of Low Commission Final Report (38 KB)

Judicial Review and Legal Aid

Following their response to the consultation on judicial review, the Ministry of Justice have produced civil legal aid regulations to implement the proposed changes with regard to payment of legal aid in such cases. However we have noticed that the regulations do not replicate the MoJ’s proposals. We trust this is a mistake. Submissions on this need to be made by Tuesday March 18th and can be sent via Nicola Mackintosh of the Legal Aid Practitioners group:


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Civil Legal Aid Regulations (431 KB) CLP response to Civil Legal Aid Regulations (28 KB)

Human Rights

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the reform of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is holding an open court for information, proposals and views on the issue of the longer term reform of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights and the ECtHR.  This process follows on from the Brighton Declaration adopted in April 2012.  It is intended to be open and inclusive, allowing questions to be raised and examined concerning all aspects of the Convention system and the Court.  For further information see .

The deadline for submissions is midday (12.00 pm French local time) on Monday 27th January 2014.

Making submissions concerning the European Convention is a big task.  TAT will be suggesting that all Gypsy and Traveller Support Groups and representatives link together to produce a joint submission thus making use of all the range of knowledge we have on this subject.  Those who are interested in participating please email us at:-

Government’s Balance of Competences Review on Fundamental Rights

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) are carrying out a review about the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). Many people are concerned that the Government want to water down or reduce these rights and want to attack the FRA. The deadline for submissions is 13th January 2014. Here is our submission (thanks to Marc Willers of Garden Court for his great assistance):


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Balance of Competence Review - CLP Response (55 KB)