Helpful information

USEFUL LINKS: HOUSING

Shelter
Information from the housing and homelessness charity Shelter on housing rights
http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice

CASS
A small voluntary organisation working with the homeless
http://www.cass-cumbria.co.uk/agencies-which-provide-advice

Carlisle City Council
For temporary housing
http://www.carlisle.gov.uk

Croftlands Trust
For temporary housing
http://www.croftlands.org

Impact Housing
For temporary housing
http://www.impacthousing.org.uk

Supported Housing Central Access Point: 01228 221548

USEFUL LINKS: BENEFITS

Carlisle City Council
Benefits Advice Service
www.carlisle.gov.uk/community_and_living/community_advice/benefit_advice_service.aspx

Welfare rights
Information from Dumfries Welfare Rights, an independent charity
www.welfarerights.net/home.php

Department for Work and Pensions
The DWP provides specialist guides
www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/specialist-guides

Directgov
A government site with information on money, tax and benefits
www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/index.htm

USEFUL LINKS: DEBT

Citizens Advice Northern Debt Advice Line
Free, confidential debt advice by telephone
http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/northern_debt_advice_line.htm

Directgov
A government site with information on managing debt
www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/ManagingDebt/index.htm

The National Debtline
0808 808 4000
Part of the Money Advice Trust
Free, confidential and independent advice
Monday to Friday 9am–9pm
Saturday 9.30am–1pm
http://www.nationaldebtline.co.uk/

Step Change Debt Charity
Free advice on problem debt
http://www.stepchange.org/

USEFUL LINKS: EMPLOYMENT

ACAS
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
http://www.acas.org.uk/

Department for Work and Pensions
The DWP provides specialist guides
www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/specialist-guides

Directgov
A government site explaining employment terms and conditions
www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/index.htm

Employment tribunals
www.justice.gov.uk/tribunals/employment

TUC
The TUC advises on your rights at work
www.tuc.org.uk/tuc/join_union.cfm

USEFUL LINKS: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Broken Rainbow
An LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline
0300 999 5428
For all members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities
Mondays and Thursdays 10am–8pm
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am–5pm
http://www.broken-rainbow.org.uk/

Rights of Women
Information on women’s legal rights
http://www.rightsofwomen.org.uk/

Victim Support
A national charity giving free, confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales.
Victim Supportline 0845 30 30 900
http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/

Women’s Aid
A national domestic violence charity
http://www.womensaid.org.uk/

USEFUL LINKS: GENERAL INFORMATION

Advicenow
An independent, not-for-profit website providing information on rights and legal issues for the general public
http://www.advicenow.org.uk/

CADAS
For the people of Cumbria who suffer from the effects of alcohol and drugs
http://www.cadas.co.uk/

CAN (Cumbria Advice Network)
Improving access to advice for all in Cumbria especially those in greatest need
http://www.cumbriaadvicenetwork.org.uk/can/

Carlisle Key
Helping 16 to 25 year olds towards independent living
http://www.carlislekey.org

Citizens Advice Bureau
Self help guidance
http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/

Civil Legal Advice
Help with finding a lawyer
Free, confidential legal aid advice service
https://www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice

Courts
HM Courts and Tribunals service information
http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/

GOV.UK
Information from the government on legal aid
 http://www.gov.uk/legal-aid 

Liberty
Information on your rights under the Human Rights Act 1998
The National Council for Civil Liberties
http://www.yourrights.org.uk/

Declan O’Dempsey
Direct public access to barrister
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYIJaKQrhTwb_4cBfQEOz45awY-a34KWj

Public law
Access to justice through public law remedies – the means by which public authorities can be held to account.
http://www.publiclawproject.org.uk/

The Law Society
Help with finding a lawyer
The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales
http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/

Tribunals
HM Courts and Tribunals service information
http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/

Cumbria Family Law
Solicitors in Carlisle and Penrith specialising in Family Law and Divorce
http://www.cumbriafamilylaw.co.uk/