On Tuesday 6th October 2015 the Islington Advice Alliance hosted their second Advising Islington Together Conference at Islington Town Hall. It was a massive success and we heard from amazing speakers on issues affecting the Islington borough – particularly residents of the borough who are low income and vulnerable.
Members of Legal Action Group, England Illegal Money Lending Team, Voluntary Action Islington, Islington Council and CPAG all gave wonderful speeches, each providing insight from the unique perspective of their organisations. The Islington Law Centre’s Centre Director, Ruth Hayes, also spoke and gave an insightful talk about legal issues concerning the borough, legal aid and overall challenges of access to justice.
There were also workshops run by Islington Law Centre, Islington CAB and London Capital Credit Union providing
information to individuals on welform updates, debt issues, family law updates, immigration, employment rights, and education matters.
The conference served as the launch event for the report “It’s no fun being on benefits: A study into experiences of Welfare Reform in Islington” developed by Every Voice and Islington Community Network, supported by Advising Islington Together. (Watch this space for more on this!)
The feedback from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive with everyone expanding their knowledge and discovering new perspectives.
The Islington Advice Alliance thanks all those who attended, spoke and conducted workshops. With so many changes to legal aid and welfare benefits, it is important for agencies and the public to keep up to date on these issues and understand how they effect residents and conferences such as these are great ways to do so.
The Islington Advice Alliance is formed of Islington People’s Rights Islington Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Islington Law Centre.
For more information please see: Islington Advice Alliance 2015