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Equality and Human Rights Commission awards £4.2 million funding to legal advice projects - 27 October 2009

The Commission has offered awards totalling £4.2 million to 77 voluntary sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland offering legal advice on equality and human rights issues.

Awards have been made to law centres, advice bureaux, racial equality councils, advice centres, disability advice specialists and human rights organisations.

The legal funding initiative, which is part of the Commission’s £10.2 million Strategic Funding Programme, covers two main areas:

  • The provision of legal advice, casework and representation to individuals about matters falling within the Equality and Human Rights enactments.
  • Raising awareness and knowledge of equality and human rights.

John Wadham, Group Legal Director at the Commission, said:

'Organisations giving legal advice on equality and human rights issues make an invaluable contribution. Funding them furthers our legal strategy and will strengthen the contribution they make to their communities.

'The work these organisations undertake will supplement the Commission’s strategic litigation. For example, one organisation will be taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights.'

Further information on this initiative can be found at the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.