Q: Can we influence Police priorities?

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner and the Voluntary and Community Sector

On 15/11/12, Merseyside voted for candidates for new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Jane Kennedy (Labour) was elected and is responsible for drawing up detailed plans for the tackling of crime and general policing as well as the whole area of community safety.

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Accessibility? - Just ask!

Ask!

MDF accessibility tip no. 1

Our first tip for making sure that what your organisation does is accessible is a simple one. It costs practically nothing in itself.

Ask people what they need.

Do you know how many people left your advice session with leaflets whose printing was too small for them to read? Or didn’t ask a question at your Annual General Meeting because they couldn’t hear the speeches? If you had asked what they needed, wouldn't that be better?

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Equality Act 2010

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act is a new law passed in 2010 to simplify, and in some case strengthen, laws against discrimination.

In the past there were several different laws to protect people from discrimination on grounds of their:

  • disability
  • race
  • sex
  • sexual orientation (whether being lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual)
  • religion or belief
  • being a transsexual person (transsexuality is where someone changes their sex – called ‘gender reassignment’ in law)
  • having just had a baby or being pregnant
  • being married or in a civil partnership (this applies only at work or if someone is being trained for work), and
  • age (this applied only at work or if someone is being trained for work).

Most of the Equality Act started to apply in October 2010. This section contains information about some of the most important points in the Equality Act. It doesn’t cover all your rights you should get more advice if you think you’re being discriminated against.

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Q: Who knows about charity law?

Liverpool University Charity Law & Policy Unit (CLPU)

The CLPU researches the law as it affects the charity sector. "The Charity Law & Policy Unit has always concentrated on providing relevant research of high quality and in making the results of that research available to the charity sector and its advisers."

The research work of the Unit  was originally library based, including contributions to academic journals, and editing a leading text book . The  Unit has also worked on a new legal structure for charities, with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Charity Law Association.

Details of current seminar series (these are usually free and open to the public) and the Unit's current research and publications are on the Charity Law and Policy Unit's website.

The Unit's activities are sponsored by North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street 

Q Where can I get advice on campaigning?

Online campaigning resources from Scope

Do you want to create change "in your neighbourhood and beyond"?  An online resource for people or groups that want to create change was launched in 2011 by Scope, the charity working with people with cerebral palsy.

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