On 11th September 2017, the Commission will be offering funding and other assistance for claims concerning discrimination in education. This follows the success of their disability discrimination access to justice pilot earlier this year which enabled them to offer over £250K of funding to help more than 100 individuals with their discrimination complaints.
EHRC’s objective under the new scheme is to increase access to justice for victims of discrimination involving schools, further or higher education institutions, or general qualifications bodies. We will consider assisting claims relating to any of the protected characteristics in the Equality Act 2010.
As an organisation dealing with issues in this field, they believe this scheme could help you help others. In particular, if you are dealing with a complaint of discrimination in education, they would really like to hear from you if your client may not be able to access justice without further funding or assistance.
They may be able to help by:
- Offering funding for front line advice and representation – by you and / or others;
- Taking appropriate cases “in-house” to be progressed by our dedicated team of discrimination lawyers; or
- Offering funding for the cost of disbursements (e.g. representation or medical reports).
Download the request for funding or legal assistance form here.
From 11 September you can contact EHRC with requests for funding or representation by completing the form on the lick above and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.