We pleased to publish our annual report. Full details about Govan Law Centre are available on the OSCR website. Above is a summary of our full report – which we hope provides some of the highlights.
Services During Covid-19 pandemic
Although our services were restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic and public health emergency regulations 2020/21, we were still able to halt evictions, repossessions and rough sleeping, and influence policy and practice of Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.
Following lockdown, we reconfigured our services to reach people by setting up a digital customer communication platform linking iMessenger, WhatsApp, Facebook, email & Twitter, a free call-back service and an 0800 freephone number.
New Women’s Legal Service
We have been awardedfunding over 2 years, from the Sottish Government’s Third Sector Homelessness Fund for a Crisis Navigator Intervention Service for women and children experiencing domestic abuse and violence – for legal advice and representation and outreach support, for vulnerable women and children.
This project is a trauma informed service providing legal advice, assistance, and representation; and social support across Glasgow.
Our all female staff will work in partnership with grassroots organisations who also provide services to women experiencing domestic abuse and violence.
Education Law Unit
ELU runs a helpline and casework for children and young people with additional support needs (ASN) including representation at ASN Tribunals. It is a highly respected organisation and we take a leading policy role.
Test Cases and Campaigning
During the last financial year, we progressed test cases in the wider public interest that seek to challenge discriminatory practices – in Scotland’s supreme court.
On 1st June 2020, the FairRents (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament. The Bill was drafted by GLC along with all accompanying documents. The Bill sought to change the law about private rented housing in Scotland to try to control rent levels.