Belinda used to give advice – legal advice, up to and including writing stern letters to a council’s Monitoring Officer (usually the Head Lawyer) or a CCG’s governance officers and senior management, for a quick exocet missile regarding alleged illegality or other wrongdoing, in public law terms. The idea was that this would be more effective than the complaints system, which is not apt or well equipped to deal with LEGAL issues….and that it was better to TRY to sort it out rather than spend money on a proper law firm lawyer or barrister, straight off.
Belinda now provides that service through CASCAIDr, a charity she launched in 2018.
That service is not a law firm. It provides consultancy about the legal framework and people’s rights and obligations, and this is not the same as being a solicitor doing reserved legal work (conducting proceedings).
So CASCAIDr’s advice can help you resolve an issue without going to court, but if it doesn’t work, you may well need to instruct a lawyer who does community care work. They will be able to make the most of points already made by THAT service, so any charges rendered by the charity is not money wasted, we hope.
There’s a list of possibilities for FORMAL legal advice, on another post on this site, if you put ‘Monitoring officer’ in the search box to the right.
CASCAIDr charges £125 an hour for this sort of advice work, and the charity works on a shoe string with no public funding, only donations and its charging model. The charges are used to provide FREE help to cover the costs of triaging people’s problems, and to provide FREE help to those with the clearest, current, pressing, indefensible decisions or omissions from local authorities and CCGs – our FREE SCOPE work, regarding advocacy, assessment, eligibility, care planning and cuts.
This can be hard, if you don’t know what has gone wrong, in legal terms, but you just feel sure that something has, so please just visit CASCAIDr’s referral page under Free Advice on www.CASCAIDr.org.uk and fill out a form.
Please, IF YOU USE THE PHONE NUMBERS on this site for leaving a message with Belinda, PLEASE ENSURE YOU STATE YOUR NAME AND NUMBER CLEARLY AT THE BEGINNING because the machine can cut you off, and not all numbers are visible for ringback or 1571 services.