What does taking MPs to work involve?
Each participating YLAL will show interested local MPs a snapshot of life as a legal aid lawyer, be it helping individuals to navigate their transition on to Universal Credit, working with people on the brink of losing their homes at a housing duty scheme or representing young people in a Magistrates’ Court. The campaign will show the vitally important work that YLALs do and highlight some of the problems LASPO has caused. Participating YLALs may work in any area of legal aid or in an area that was taken out of scope by LASPO. The more diverse the range of work shown, the better!
Not only will this campaign educate MPs but it will provide an opportunity to publicise what is happening on the ground and build public support for a properly resourced legal aid scheme. We will work with YLALs and MPs to create video diaries, press pieces and blogs to share on social media.
We will provide you with all the support that you need, including connecting you with MPs, planning the format of your session (which could last from half an hour to a day) and publicity. We will make sure that the session works for you and is not too burdensome! You may be interested to read a previous briefing on how to meet your MP we prepared to get an idea of what it can involve.
How do I sign up?
If you'd like to get involved, please fill in our survey of interest here by 5pm Wednesday 6 February 2019. This is only an expression of interest and not a cast-iron commitment, so if you are keen but not sure that you can be involved, fill out the form anyway! Once we know that you are interested, we can explore further.