"Don’t delay if you spot problems during tender process", charities are warned
June 25, 2018
Justice First Fellow Joe Vester has published a guide to help small organisations who are bidding for public contracts
Joe Vester, a Justice First Fellow and trainee solicitor at the Public Law Project, has written a plain-English guide, aimed at small charities and other organisations tendering for contracts to provide publicly-funded services.
Part of PLP's toolkit series, Commissioning: Understanding and using the law for smaller organisations explains how to avoid common pitfalls and when to take legal advice. It also gives a simple-to-understand overview of the complex legal framework which governs the procurement process. Joe gives advice on how to spot if something may be going wrong and of the need to act quickly. "If you leave it until the end, you will almost certainly be told it is too late and you should have acted sooner", he says.
Joe researched and wrote the guide as part of his Fellowship project.
New research published: "Destitution and Paths to Justice"
June 7, 2018
Research jointly commissioned by The Legal Education Foundation and The Joseph Rowntree Foundation explores the role of the law and access to legal services in creating pathways into, and out of destitution.
The Legal Education Foundation has joined forces with The Joseph Rowntree Foundation to commission research exploring the role of access to law and legal services in pathways into and out of destitution. The research, conducted by a team of academics led by Professor Grainne McKeever from Ulster University will be launched today at an event hosted by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation. To follow discussions at the event on Twitter, search for #UKDestitution.
This report, jointly commissioned by The Legal Education Foundation and The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is one of a number of parallel reports published alongside Fitzpatrick et al's (2018) research Destitution in the UK. Fitzpatrick et al's (2018) research estimates that: "approximately 1,550,000 people, 365,000 of them children, were destitute in UK at some point over the course of 2017" (Fitzpatrick et al. 2018:2). Destitution and Paths to Justice explores the role of the law and access to legal services (or lack thereof) in creating pathways into, and out of, destitution.
The key recommendations are as follows:
A statutory duty on destitution should be created: Primary legislation should establish a clear definition of destitution and a duty on public bodies to protect all persons lawfully present in the UK from destitution.
Legal services should be co-located with other crisis and support services: Co-locating services would reduce referral fatigue and improve the ability of advisors to intervene earlier. The resourcing of legal services is vital in order to render any statutory duty to prevent destitution meaningful.
Government should be placed under a positive duty to facilitate access to social security: The government should be placed under a positive duty to ensure that individuals are receiving the social security benefits they are entitled to. This would require government to address systemic issues in the administration of benefits.