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Useful addresses


Advocacy and advice

 

Citizens Advice Bureau

Free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. 

 

Age UK

Largest UK charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life.

 

Aire Centre

Promotes awareness of European law rights and assist smarginalised individuals and those in vulnerable circumstances to assert those rights.

 

Carers UK

Only UK national membership charity for carers, acting both as a support network and a movement for change.

 

Disability Rights UK

Disabled people leading change, working to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens.

 

Law Centres Network

Legal advice, casework and representation to individuals and groups. Trains and supports local groups and educates people about the law and their rights.

 

Mind

Advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem and campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

 

Prisoners' Advice Service

The only independent registered charity offering free legal advice and support to adult prisoners in England and Wales.

 

Shelter

Helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. 

 

Stepchange Debt Advice

Tailored advice and practical solutions to help individuals manage debt and make a fresh start.

 

Victim Support

Independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales.

 

 

Executive agencies

 

HM Government Website

One stop shop for government services and information

 

Companies House

Maintains register of companies, company directors and annual returns for all UK companies.

 

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Compensation claims from people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the victim of a violent crime in England, Scotland or Wales.

 

DVLA

Maintians registers of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain. 

 

Electoral Commission*

Independent elections watchdog and regulator of election and party finance.

 

Equalities and Human Rights Commission

Statutory commission tasked by parliament to challenge discriination and to promote and protect human rights.

 

HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Responsible for the administration of criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales.

 

HM Land Registry

Registers the ownership of land and property in England and Wales.

 

Insolvency Service

Provides services to those affected by financial distress and failure.

 

Intellectual Property Office

 Official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

 

Legal Aid Agency

Provides civil and criminal legal aid and advice in England and Wales.

 

Office of the Public Guardian

Protects people in England and Wales who may not have the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves, such as about their health and finance

 

Planning Inspectorate

Deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales

 

TVLicensing*

Informs people of the need to buy a TV Licence. We send licence renewal letters and we process queries, applications and payments.

 

The starred * agencies are non-governmental.

 

Institutions 

Dods Website

Subscription service for political information about any of the institutions listed below.

 

European Commission

Representation of the European Commission in the UK

European Parliament

Information office of the European Parliament in the UK

House of Commons

House of Lords

London

- Assembly

- Mayor's Office

Northern Ireland

- Assembly

- Executive

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Scottish

- Government

Parliament

Welsh

- Assembly

- Executive

Welsh Executive

 

Trade Unions

Trade Union Congress

To find out more about trade unions and which trade union is best for you, click here

 

Association of Teachers and Lecturers

British Medical Association

Community

CWU

First Division Association

GMB

Prospect

PCS

UNISON

Unite

 

 Voluntary organisations

 

NCVO

 

Alcoholic Anonymous

Depression Alliance

Equalities and Diversity Forum

MacMillan Cancer Support

Mumsnet

National Trust

NSPCC

RSPB

The Salvation Army

Weight Watchers

 

 

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