Unison Legal Services- Campaign to Remove Employment Tribunal Fees
Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013. After a four-year legal battle, led by Unison’s in-house legal team, the Supreme Court ruled that the fees regime was unlawful.
In a landmark judgment, it found that the right of access to the courts, which is essential to the rule of law and guaranteed by Magna Carta, was breached by the Fees Order. The Supreme Court said that the level at which fees were set contravened elementary economics and plain common sense.
The court stressed that access to justice is of value to society as a whole, especially where cases (like employment tribunals) establish important principles. Unison emphasises that, whilst eradicating tribunal fees was the big story, the case also addressed a vital constitutional issue: that statutory rights established by parliament cannot be undermined with only minimal parliamentary scrutiny. @unisontweets
Amanda Kopel- Frank’s Law
When her late husband, Frank, was diagnosed with dementia, Amanda discovered that under- 65s suffering from degenerative conditions were not entitled to free personal care. Frank died in 2014, but in 2017 Amanda secured a promise from the Scottish Government to extend care to this group. At least 9000 families in Scotland will benefit from the introduction of free personal care for everyone who requires it, regardless of age.
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Nia (with support from Centre for Women’s Justice)- I’m No Criminal
This successful legal case challenged the system in which criminal convictions arising from street prostitution appear in employment and safeguarding checks. Victims of abuse and exploitation have been labelled and punished for something that was in a large part done to them. Nia continues to argue that it discriminates against women and breaches the UK’s obligations on trafficking.