Judicial review is a legal process that allows individuals and communities to stop public authorities from acting unfairly or unlawfully. PLP aims to ensure that charities and NGOs can use judicial review to support the poor and the marginalised, and to improve access to judicial review in ‘advice desert’ areas.
The current system of benefit sanctions has been shown to have a profoundly negative impact on the health, finances and wellbeing of those affected. PLP is working to identify and tackle systemic problems with the sanctioning system, and to ensure that claimants have access to effective legal remedies when poor decisions are made.
PLP’s work around Brexit is intended to ensure that Parliament is appropriately sovereign, that the executive is held to account, and that the interests of disadvantaged groups are properly and effectively represented. We aim to uphold the rule of law and ensure procedural fairness to those likely to be most affected by the Brexit process.
Legal aid is the route through which poor and marginalised people should be able to access help, advice and representation when they need to uphold and defend their legal rights through the courts. PLP uses a combination of legal casework, policy work, training and research to improve access to the current civil legal aid scheme, as well as helping to shape it for the future.
Technology is rapidly changing how government makes decisions and the avenues by which people can challenge those decisions. Through research, training and litigation, PLP aims to ensure that these changes deliver better public decision-making and greater access to justice.