Campaigning Work


As well as providing legal advice and support to those who need us, Hackney Community Law Centre also campaigns on issues of significance to wider society.  

 

 

 

 

 

Home Office consultation on ‘police powers of stop and search’ – September 2013

In September 2013, HCLC teamed up with the Big Voice London project to respond to the Home Office’s Consultation on police stop and search powers.

The joint HCLC/Big Voice London consultation response made the following recommendations to the Home Office:

Broad stop and search powers under s.60 CJPOA 1994 should be reviewed and amended to:

1. Require ‘reasonable suspicion’ before they can be authorised;
2. Include a code of practice for authorising officers and front line staff;
3. Emphasise the importance of community buy-in for the exercise of emergency police powers.

Read the full consultation response HERE.

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London Borough of Hackney ‘Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission – ‘Youth Homelessness Review – Housing and Children’s Social Care’ – Monday 11th March 2013

In March 2013, Wendy Pettifer, HCLC solicitor, gave evidence to a Hackney Council scrutiny commission as part of the council’s ‘Youth Homelessness Review – Housing and Children’s Social Care’ investigations.  You can read the minutes of the scrutiny commission where HCLC gave evidence (see pg 51) by clicking HERE.

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London Borough of Hackney ‘Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission on the ‘Impact of welfare and housing benefit reforms’ - Monday 16th April 2012

In April 2012, Sean Canning – HCLC Manager and Paul Heron – HCLC solicitor, gave evidence to a Hackney Council scrutiny commission on the ‘Impact of welfare and housing benefit reforms’.  You can read the minutes of the scrutiny commission where HCLC gave evidence by clicking HERE.

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London Borough of Hackney ‘Reducing Re-offending’ Scrutiny Commission – Monday 7th November 2011

In November 2011, Ian Rathbone – HCLC Chair and Paul Heron – HCLC solicitor, gave evidence to a Hackney Council scrutiny commission on reducing re-offending, as part of the commission’s wider investigation into the effects of the August 2011 riots and the impact they may have had on HCLC’s work.  You can read the minutes of the scrutiny commission where HCLC gave evidence by clicking HERE.

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London Borough of Hackney Community Safety and Social Inclusion Scrutiny Commission – Monday 14th February 2011

In February 2011, staff from the Hackney Community Law Centre (HCLC) gave evidence to a Hackney Council scrutiny commission on legal aid, as part of the commission’s wider investigation of community safety and social inclusion in the borough.  You can read the minutes of the scrutiny commission where HCLC gave evidence by clicking HERE.