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Bristol Uni law students offer free legal support to ex-service veterans

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Advice on issues including housing, employment and social welfare

The University of Bristol’s student-led law clinic will provide free legal support to veterans as part of its commitment to those in the military.

Armed forces personnel, veterans and their families can all receive assistance on a range of legal issues, including employment rights, welfare and social security benefits, as well as property, landlord and tenant disputes.

The clinic’s newly established service, separate from its general legal offerings, recognises the challenges veterans face in adjusting to life after they finish their service. As explained by clinic director John Peaker:

“The problems of ex-servicemen and women adapting to civilian life are well-recorded and often result in homelessness, unemployment and the consequential health and legal problems. Our students recognise the contribution and sacrifices made by the armed forces personnel and are keen to give something back.”

The news, which comes on Armistice Day, follows the University of Bristol’s signing of the Armed Forces Covenant, which sets out to remove barriers obstructing members of the armed forces community from accessing public services.

Bristol’s commitment to being an “armed forces friendly organisation” follows the Department of Education’s call to universities to better support veterans and children of service people who have lost their lives during duty.

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On this, Bristol’s vice-chancellor Hugh Brady said:

“As part of our commitment to be a civic university, we have a responsibility to support everyone living in Bristol and our neighbouring communities. Through signing this covenant and pledging our ongoing support, we hope to help veterans readjust to civilian life after they’ve provided such an important service to our country.”

This isn’t the firm time that the University of Bristol Law Clinic, currently made up of 220 students, has offered legal support vulnerable members of the community. As reported by Legal Cheek earlier this year, the Russell Group university spearheaded a free student-led inquest service, which offers bereaved families free legal advice and even representation in coroner’s courts.

This initiative follows similar recent efforts by King’s College London, the University of Manchester, Bolton University and Salford University to plug the gap left by government cuts legal aid funding through student-staffed advice centres.

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29 Comments

Anonymous

“Veterans” seems a US term used increasingly over here by those with right wing nationalist proclivities. The creep of favourable treatment imposed by law or otherwise to professional voluntary soldiers who chose to enter the army is a very worrying trend. We will soon get to US levels of positive discrimination where contracting has benefits to engaging with companies owned by former servicemen, which is appalling.

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JAFLAS

Get off my turf

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Sick of this tosh

Surely there a far more deserving groups? This seems to cement Bristol’s reputation for producing far-right populist types.

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Legal Genius

These people have risked life and limb for something bigger than themselves. You risked your parents’ savings by taking out a student loan so you can jerk it for 3 years in some backwoods midlands uni 😂

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Anonymous

Bigger than themselves? Yeah, the FTSE 100.

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Mr Pooey Bum QC

Of course there are far more deserving groups darling, for example:

Returning jihadists;
Idlers who’ve never worked a day in their lives;
Immigrants who’ve never paid a penny tax but drain public services white;
Drug addicts and alcoholics;

But certainly NOT PTSD’d ex-servicemen fallen on hard times and unable to get social housing because everyone on the above list is a higher priority.

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Anon

Nov 11 1.42 – Give us some examples…

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Micheal Murphy

If it is a student run Law Clinic, would this advice not be free to everyone, regardless of whether or not they have previously served in the armed forces?

Surely they wouldnt charge those who have not served in the armed forces?

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Procrastinator

It is free for everyone.

This is simply one of their outreach programmes to reach people with certain vulnerabilities – this isn’t a completely unique initiative for them.
(Link to some of their other programmes: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/law/law-clinic/outreach/)

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Grandson of a WW2 hero

You ungrateful shits, the lot of you!

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Sick of this tosh

I am the grandchild of a WW2 combatant. They would be appalled by the mawkish flag-waving that accompanies anything to do with “veterans” these days.

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Legal Genius

They still around for you to ask?

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Anonymous

That’s part of the point. The number of former servicemen who fought on a conscripted basis is now minimal. A lot of the drive for ever more visible memorials comes from their aging baby boomer children who are going to be dead soon too.

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Mr Pooey Bum QC

Were all descended from ww1/2 veterans you numpty. No credit for that. I’ll tell you what they would be appalled by; the disgusting “morals” of the modern west, the demographic shifts and the spoilt fucked up shits who piss on their sacrifices from their holier than thou neo-Marxist ideology.

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Another anonymous

My grandparents and great-grandparents were farmers in the middle east at the time of WWI/WWII.

I don’t denounce the sacrifice those generations made. On the contrary, their sacrifices have had profoundly positive effects, continuing to this day. Effects like more attention paid to the conduct of our governments, more robust human rights protections, and yes, even the expansive welfare state, which, although existing prior to the wars, only really took off following dub-dub two.

I’m just wary of people who use pride in their country’s armed forces as a vehicle and camouflage for nationalistic and sometimes xenophobic sentiment.

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Anon

Everyone of a certain age has grandparents who were WWII heroes. They were not professional soldiers who had chosen to join the military. My grandmother, as a 19 year old French student made nail bombs to maim and kill the occupying professional military. Today she would be an insurgent, but as she did it for our side it was okay. My grandfather was a conscript ordinary bloke who survived Dunkirk. 33,000 ordinary blokes did not, machine gunned by enemy fighters over three days as they waited to be evacuated.

The overwhelming majority of those who fought and died in the world wars were not professional soldiers who chose the military as a career and knew and accepted the risks. Fucking awful. And we shouldn’t forget what they did.

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Legal Genius

Good. They are far more deserving than fake ‘refugees’/undercover ISIS militants.

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Anonymous

I’m starting to doubt your self-imposed title of “legal genius” when I see Express pond-scum comments like this.

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Mr Pooey Bum QC

So you think returning jihadists are better candidates for services then?

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Anonymous

I usually don’t bother arguing with people like you because the arguments are always on the most extreme terms, often at the cost of any grounding in reality.

Firstly, ramblings about how ISIS militants receive state support and implying a) it is happening as a matter of routine and b) they are being prioritised over servicemen is emotion-driven nonsense. It makes me wonder whether you’ve looked at the statutory frameworks governing the various forms of support available. Secondly, pointing this out does not automatically make me a terrorist sympathiser.

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Mr Pooey Bum QC

1. Actually it’s public policy to prioritise jihadis for council housing as part of the home office anti extremism program “Operation Constrain”

2. The streets are filled with ex servicemen who can’t get council housing or mental health services. The figure is reckoned to be as high as 66,000.

3. The reason you don’t debate people like me is that you prefer to circle jerk in the safe space of some liberal-lefty echo chamber. Furthermore you probably have at least some inkling that you’re wrong. (References below)

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/home-office-jihadis-council-houses-isis-support-fight-terrorism-strategy-operation-constrain-a8030321.html

[2] https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/more-60000-veterans-homeless-prison-15162977

Mr Pooey Bum QC

1. Actually it’s public policy to prioritise jihadis for council housing as part of the home office anti extremism program “Operation Constrain”

2. The streets are filled with ex servicemen who can’t get council housing or mental health services. The figure is reckoned to be as high as 66,000.

3. The reason you don’t debate people like me is that you prefer to circle jerk in the safe space of some liberal-lefty echo chamber. Furthermore you probably have at least some inkling that you’re wrong, but are too dependant on social approval to investigate further. (References below)

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/home-office-jihadis-council-houses-isis-support-fight-terrorism-strategy-operation-constrain-a8030321.html

[2] https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/more-60000-veterans-homeless-prison-15162977

Mr Pooey Bum QC

1. Actually it’s public policy to prioritise jihadis for council housing as part of the home office anti extremism program “Operation Constrain”

2. The streets are filled with ex servicemen who can’t get council housing or mental health services. The figure is reckoned to be as high as 66,000.

3. The reason you don’t debate people like me is that you prefer to circle jerk in the safe space of some liberal-lefty echo chamber. Furthermore you probably have at least some inkling that you’re wrong but are too dependant on social approval to investigate. (References below)

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/home-office-jihadis-council-houses-isis-support-fight-terrorism-strategy-operation-constrain-a8030321.html

[2] https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/more-60000-veterans-homeless-prison-15162977

Mr Pooey Bum

1. Actually it’s public policy to prioritise jihadis for council housing as part of the home office anti extremism program “Operation Constrain”

2. The streets are filled with ex servicemen who can’t get council housing or mental health services. The figure is reckoned to be as high as 66,000.

3. The reason you don’t debate people like me is that you prefer to circle jerk in the safe space of some liberal-lefty echo chamber. Furthermore you probably have at least some inkling that you’re wrong but are too dependant on social approval to investigate. (References below)

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/home-office-jihadis-council-houses-isis-support-fight-terrorism-strategy-operation-constrain-a8030321.html

[2] https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/more-60000-veterans-homeless-prison-15162977

Anon

I am concerned that the brave former members of the armed forces, who deserve our support and respect, are being given legal advice by people who are by definition intellectually second rate.

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Anonymous

I imagine those who, on your reasoning, are intellectually first rate, don’t care enough about them.

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Mr Pooey Bum QC

Too busy chasing those 6 figure salaries and making condescending remarks on legal cheek, probably.

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Anon

Same Anon as at Nov 11 2019 7:54pm.

I don’t think either of my grandparents regarded anything they did as heroic (although I would). It was easy for De Gaulle to fuck off to England and then issue the order to French girls like my grandmother “I am France, follow me.” And then decorate her at the end of the war. She killed invading German forces not so much because of De Gaulle’s order, but because she didn’t like the Nazi’s occupying her home town. My grandfather didn’t do anything heroic at Dunkirk and would have been embarrassed if you suggested he had. He was just one of the lucky ones who got on the boats first, before his mates were machine gunned.

I do agree that neither of them or the 20 million who died in the world wars would be impressed by flag-waving. That wasn’t their bag and wasn’t why they did it. But remember the 11th hour of the 11th Month is important, if for no other reason than reminding ourselves how lucky we are that none of the generations from the Boomers to the Millennials had to go through this sort of shit.

Sure, getting that TC or doing that Vac Scheme, may be hard. But nobody is asking you to get in a Hawker Hurricane (made of fucking wood and canvas) and engage the enemy in Steel Armoured 109s, with no fucking idea what you are doing as 6 weeks ago you were just a 20 year old Uni Student and as a new pilot you have a life expectancy of 2 weeks. Nor is anyone asking you to go up against the German Military with an improvised explosive device

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Saurabh

http://amberstudent.com/ for booking the student housing

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