The Legal Support Project provides advice and funding to help individuals who have experienced discrimination to pursue legal claims. Now in its second round of funding, the project is making nearly £500,000 available to help victims of discrimination in education to access legal support.
The aim of this project is to:
- increase access to justice for individuals who have experienced discrimination in education
- gather information about issues where students face discrimination in educational institutions in order to undertake enforcement action or policy work where appropriate
Legal representatives or advisors can request funding or assistance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on behalf of individuals from 11 September 2017. The project is intended for cases which:
- relate to discrimination in schools, further and higher education providers or general qualification bodies where Part 6 of the Equality Act has been breached
- relate to discrimination on the grounds of one or more of the protected characteristics outlined in the Equality Act 2010
The project is intended for people who might not otherwise be able to access to legal support. The funding can be used for legal advice, preparatory work for legal cases or representation in court. The Commission is particularly interested in funding cases where legal proceedings are already underway.
This opportunity follows a successful pilot project, which began in January 2017, focusing on disability discrimination in employment, education, housing and service provision. £190,000 of funding was provided across 94 cases.
Last updated: 19 Sep 2017