Govan Law Centre believes that no person in Scotland should sleep rough. People affected by street homelessness/rough sleeping are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence and 15 times more likely to have suffered verbal abuse in the past year, and nine times more likely to take[…]Read more
Govan Law Centre’s Parliamentary & Social Policy (PSP) Unit undertakes the drafting of legislation within the Parliaments of the United Kingdom and Scotland and can provide legal advice on a wide range of social policy issues.
We undertake drafting of private member bills, 10 minute rule bills, amendments to Scottish and UK Government legislation, so long as proposed law reform is designed to alleviate poverty, tackle social or some other form of human disadvantage or discrimination, or promote democracy and community participation in the UK political process.
Our service is provided on a not for profit, cost only, basis for charities, voluntary organisations and trade unions, subject to resources. We may also be able to assist individual MPs and MSPs in bill projects which fall within the strategic policy objectives of the Govan Law Centre Trust.
After government, we have written more parliamentary bills than anyone else in Scotland. We use both UK and Scottish parliaments to improve the fight poverty and disadvantage
Govan Law Centre gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Economy Committee and helped persuade the Scottish Government to withdraw the draft Bankruptcy Fees (Scotland) Order 2017, which would have seen some fees against homeowners increase by almost 200%. We recently provided an in-house Solicitor Advocate service for clients undertaking urgent petitions for judicial[…]Read more
The Parliamentary and Social Policy Unit is managed by Mike Dailly, Principal Solicitor, with support from GLC solicitors. We have assisted with the following law reform projects: Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Act 2001 Breastfeeding etc., (Scotland) Act 2005 Family Homes and Homelessness Bill – Robert Brown MSP Bank[…]Read more
This year we campaigned and suggested progressive amendments to the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill. We submitted written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Stage 1 inquiry on the Bill, and in November our Principal Solicitor gave evidence to the Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee. We explained that the aims[…]Read more