Advice Services Alliance November Newsletter

  1. CPAG – Freelance Writers wanted
    CPAG is currently recruiting freelancers to work on its range of publications. They are looking for writers and checkers with expertise in any of the following:
    • welfare benefits and tax credits
    • mental health
    • child support
    • council tax
    • debt advice
    • consolidating legislation
    No previous experience of working on publications is necessary. They would love to hear from experienced advisers as well as legislation whizzes. For more information about the work involved and the rates of pay, please get in touch with Bridget Giles (

2. Justice in the Balance: Law Centres Annual Conference 2021 – last chance to book As 2021 draws to a close, ‘normal’ has not returned and ‘build back better’ favours individual ‘freedom’ over the social good. With Justice standing in the Balance, we invite you to the Law Centres Annual Conference taking place 10th – 12th November.

This year, there will be 8 plenary sessions, each one considering an aspect of the current shake-up of the justice system. These will be followed by workshops where we will discuss the themes raised and plan our response.

Book your ticket
“The conference has, indeed, been so good that it becomes a statement in its own right”

You can read more about our Conference last year in this review on the ‘Law, Technology and Access to Justice’ blog, written by Roger Smith.

If you have any questions about booking, please email Cristina (

Julie Bishop
Director LCN

  1. Advice Networks Wales Newsletter/Rhwydwaith Cynghori Cymru

Wales is to start work on our first quarterly Advice Networks Wales Newsletter their ambition is for the newsletter is to offer a platform on which all of the Wales advice sector can all connect with and inspire each other. It will also enable us to showcase the diversity, depth and life-changing value of the work you do, on behalf of your clients, to those sectors, organisations, potential partners and should-be funders.
Bill Jenkins and Warren Carr of Spencer David Communications will be helping Welsh Government to achieve this ambition, they will be adding the all-important communications and event management expertise to the Welsh Government Advice Networks team – supporting Regional Advice Network meetings, hosting national webinars, preparing the ground for next year’s inaugural advice sector conference and, right now, developing the newsletter and gathering ideas for some supplementary good practice pieces.
If you have news to share, a story to tell or even just thoughts, ideas, issues that you think might be worth airing, please get in touch with Bill and Warren via You can also drop me a line, via, if you want to run something past us first.)
Don’t worry about not having finished articles or polished text. Warren and Bill are the comms experts with professional skills that we are keen to exploit! And do be reassured that they absolutely understand the client-sensitive nature of your work. Respect and confidentiality is guaranteed.
Juliet Morris
Rhwydwaith Cynghori Cymru / Advice Network Wales

  1. Clinks free membership
    Free membership for voluntary organisations
    Clinks are currently offering voluntary organisations free Clinks membership. Both new and existing members can enjoy free membership during this time. They are able to make this offer thanks to funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation.
    If your organisation isn’t already a Clinks member, join today to make the most of this offer.
    Why join Clinks?
    “Clinks gives us a real insight into what is going on in the criminal justice system and that’s really helpful to us.” – Clinks member
    • Be heard – Clinks membership gives you a stronger voice to influence change
    • Stay informed – we provide concise, targeted information, so you can stay up-to-date quickly and easily
    • Share good practice – spread the word about your latest work, campaign, report and more through our extensive network of over 10,000 people working in criminal justice
    • Network – we offer events for voluntary organisations to meet peers and discuss a range issues affecting people in the criminal justice system.
    Associate membership is also available for those who agree with our aims, but are not voluntary organisations. Prices start at £50 for individuals and £130 for organisations. See more information here.
    To discuss membership options email or click below to join today.
    Join here

5. Ministry of Justice Call for Evidence – Immigration Legal Aid Fees and the Online System

The MoJ published a call for evidence on immigration legal aid fees and the online system in the immigration tribunal on the 4th November. The aim of the call for evidence is to better understand the online system and its features and the link to current and previous immigration fees.
The M0J are planning to use responses to this call for evidence to inform future immigration legal aid fees to ensure that they reflect changes to the tribunal process. A consultation on immigration legal aid fees will be published in 2022.
The MoJ are happy to take responses via on the online survey or via email to The call for evidence closes on

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