Coventry Law Centre is a charity employing Solicitors and paralegals to offer free legal advice and representation in the areas of Community Care, Discrimination, Employment, Family, Housing, Immigration and Asylum, Money and Debt, Public Law, and Welfare Benefits to the people of Coventry.
Central England Law Centre (consisting of Coventry Law Centre and Birmingham Community Law Centre) were awarded Legal Aid Firm/Not For Profit Agency of the Year 2015 at the annual Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year ceremony in London on 1st July 2015.
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Coventry Law Centre scoops big investment of funds to invest in new ways of working in local communities - Find Out More.
Coventry Law Centre is participating in a campaign to get more families exempt from the Benefit Cap - read our Benefit Cap Leaflet to find out more.
If you think you are experiencing domestic violence or abuse, Coventry Law Centre’s Safeplace service is here to help. We can help you understand your rights and explain clearly the choices and options you have. Find out more at Safeplace.
John, a Coventry Law Centre client, and a caseworker from Coventry Law Centre have been interviewed about their experiences of benefit sanctions and will feature in an edition of File on 4 due to be aired on Radio 4 on 20th January at 8pm. There is a repeat broadcast on Sunday 25th January at 5pm. The programme explores whether sanctions are penalising vulnerable people rather than helping them move into work. Click for more details of Benefit Sanction Interview.
Coventry Law Centre is encouraging everyone who cares about the future of advice to take part in The Big Advice Survey.
A third year student at Coventry University and student volunteer at Coventry Law Centre has been successful in her recent application to take part in the Legal Launch Pad programme.
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Our joint project delivered in partnership with Grapevine was a runner up to Coventry Foodbank in the annual community cohesion awards.
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Coventry Law Centre has launched a new sanctions hotline on Coventry 02476253160.
As part of our campaign against the increasing numbers of sanctions in Coventry we are now operating a telephone advice line on Mondays to Fridays 11 to 2 to advise people who are claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance and Employment Support Allowance who have had their benefit sanctioned. We are assisting people who have been sanctioned to challenge the DWP decisions and to get back the benefits that have been withheld. Many of these decisions are made without following the correct legal processes and so we can expect to win many appeals. Research has found that 90% of appeals on sanctions are being won.
The number of people nationally whose Job Seeker’s Allowance and Employment Support Allowance has been sanctioned has increased by 24% in the last 12 months. 4,000 benefit claims were sanctioned in Coventry last year. When claimants are sanctioned their benefit may be stopped completely or reduced to a small amount.
Thousands of families in Coventry over the last year were left without any income after their benefits were sanctioned (stopped or reduced).
At Coventry Law Centre we are coming accross cases of people being sanctioned for being five minutes late for an appointment or for putting the date they applied for a job in the wrong column of a form. Some people only find out they have been sanctioned when their benefit is stopped and do not know what they have been sanctioned for, or what they can do about it.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Are you a victim of a sanction or do you work with a client who has been sanctioned and want to know what you can do?
Go to our Sanction page to find out more.
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View our new Sanctions Newsletter.