Liberty's vital Advice and Information service – which helps thousands of people across Britain every year – is to receive £250,000 thanks to People's Postcode Lottery players.
The award will allow Liberty to provide free support and guidance to tens of thousands of people who have nowhere else to turn. This will allow them to seek justice and stand up for their own rights and those of their friends and families.
The service provides free legal advice to thousands each year, empowering them to take action if their own rights – or those of loved ones – are threatened. Cuts to legal aid have left many with no legal support – meaning the service is a lifeline for anyone unable to find or afford a lawyer.
Liberty will be able to expand the service with the recruitment of an Advice and Information Manager. The funding will also enable its staff to train frontline organisations, such as groups supporting survivors of domestic violence and hate crime, to provide legal advice tailored to their specialisms – improving access to justice across the UK.
Liberty's lawyers take on strategic legal cases designed to change the law in order to better protect rights and freedoms. This award means the organisation can recruit another specialist human rights lawyer to tackle an additional 20 test cases each year on issues including mental health, women's rights and disability rights.
Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty, said, "Our human rights laws are there to protect every one of us when we or those we care about are forgotten or treated unfairly – whether its defending our privacy or free speech, or making sure loved ones are treated with dignity and respect in hospitals and care homes.
"We are so grateful to the players of People's Postcode Lottery. Their generosity will change lives, helping thousands of people all over Britain stand up for their own rights and those of their friends and families."