Lasa: the social welfare law and tech charity
Established in 1984, they are dedicated to using technology to support the delivery of social welfare law advice and information to disadvantaged communities across the UK.
What they do:
They do a whole heap of stuff to help everyone from frontline third sector orgs to government departments (and everyone in-between) to deliver efficient, high quality services, as well as work for the direct benefit of people with social welfare law problems,
Who they work with:
They are committed to social justice and to helping organisations deliver the most effective services for the benefit of their users.
To this end every year they work with thousands of organisations across the UK, including frontline VCS orgs - for example local citizens advice and law centres - local authorities; housing associations; solicitor firms and barristers chambers; membership bodies, funders; media organisations; the judiciary; government departments ... and many, many more.
Their services include -
Their advicelocal.uk website - their free, UK-wide guide to welfare benefits and tax credits; council tax, debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; employment and work issues, disability and social care; and asylum and immigration.
Welfare rights news & case law - their award winning rightsnet website is the first place thousands of organisations across the UK go to stay up to speed with the latest welfare rights developments.
Other areas of social welfare law - check out their other areas of law update service, bringing you the latest debt, employment, community care and housing news and case law.
Online casework support - get peer-to-peer casework support via their online adviser discussion forums, where thousands of advisers from across the UK meet to share their experience and expertise for the benefit of their clients.
universalcreditinfo - a new web tool designed to help people check whether they can claim universal credit in their post code area.
pipinfo - their adviser guide to personal independence payment regulations & case law.
wcainfo - their adviser guide to the work capability assessment
benefitmythbuster - designed to help address commonly held myths and misconceptions about universal credit
socialcareinfo - their new web tool, linking people with social care needs with local and national social care resources and independent advice agencies in their area.
counciltaxhelp - designed to help people find details of their local council tax support scheme, national information about their rights and entitlements, and details of independent advice organisations who can help people get the help they need.
Training and events - find information on training courses and events across the UK.
AIMS software - their user-friendly contact management database, helping organisations across the UK to track client contacts and report quickly and easily to management and funders.
Publications - including their annual benefit rates information.
Rightsjobs - advertise your advice job vacancy and connect with high quality candidates using their quick, targeted and cost effective service.
revenuebenefits - partnership work with the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group on the revenuebenefits.org.uk website.
Recognition for their work:
Lasa was twice shortlisted in the 'Access to justice through IT' category in the Legal Aid Practitioner's Group's 'LALY awards'; is a winner of the British Library sponsored 'Opening the World of knowledge' category in the Nominet Internet awards; won the 'technological innovation' category in the Lexis Nexis Taxation Awards; was a winner in the 'Working Together' category at the Technology4Good awards; and was shortlisted for the Charity Times 'Cross-sector partnership of the year' and the Guardian's Social Enterprise Award.
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