Many organisations either rent or use council-owned premises. The attached guide is a short introduction on how the Compact, public law, and equalities duties, are relevant and can be used where decisions are taken that affect your use of premises. It will help organisations to know where they stand, what their rights are, and how they may be able to challenge unfair decisions.
The Empowering the Voluntary Sector project brings together expertise in the Compact and public law providing advice and advocacy for organisations on a whole range of decisions taken by public bodies. Contact them on 020 7520 3161 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelter operate a number of advice services across the Country and throughout the London Boroughs. In Newham, we are able to offer face to face advice from the CAB in Coolfin Road near the Custom House DLR Station. Appointments for those who are eligible for legal aid can be made on 0344 515 1231.
We also offer the London Public Advice Line on 0344 515 1540 for those who are not eligible for legal aid, where casework can be conducted or face to face meetings at other outreach venues or home visits arranged. In addition, the National Helpline on 0808 800 4444 is open 7 days a week and up to 8pm on week days allowing anyone to call for housing legal advice. Advisors can make representations to housing & social services departments as appropriate. For those advisors living in Hackney, Tower Hamlets & Newham and living in private rented accommodation, there is a specialist service available on 0344 515 1267