BLM UK to fund ‘people’s tribunal’ for deaths in custody

source: The Guardian
published: 17 February 2021

Black Lives Matter UK has announced £45,000 of funding to the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) to set up a “people’s tribunal” for deaths in custody.

The coalition group of family members who have lost loved ones in state custody, formed in 1997, is so far the largest recipient of Black Lives Matter UK’s initial round of funding.

Black Lives Matter UK announced last month its plan to release more than £100,000 to black-led organisations across the country. The campaign group received £1.2m in donations via a GoFundMe appeal, following widespread protests last summer [2020].

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Landmark reform of mental health law is on the cards

Woman in prison cellsource: Gov.UK
published: 13 January 2021

The UK Government says that major reform of the Mental Health Act will empower individuals to have more control over their treatment and deliver on a key manifesto commitment.

People with mental health issues who are detained under the Mental Health Act will benefit from landmark reforms which provide more control over their care and treatment, the government has announced today.

Take part in the Public Consultation (click here)

The government want your views on changes to the Mental Health Act to help put patients at the center of decisions about their own care.

This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 21 April 2021.

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National Mikey Powell Family Fund & UFFC launch Crisis Family Fund

source: 4WardEverUK
published: 27 February 2021

The National Memorial Family Fund launches its new funding stream called the Crisis Family Fund on 1 March 2021 in partnership with the United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC).

The Crisis Family Fund will be generally open for applications (subject to available resources) for urgent needs of affected families in-between the standard grant rounds programme which is only open periodically.

This will be a fast-track process for urgent requests only. Family Fund Assessment Partners will largely drive the application process, with quick decisions made by the Family Fund volunteer team.

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