For a number of years we have been active in supporting local residents and grassroots campaigns in challenging injustice stemming from gentrification. This includes opposing the loss of secure council tenancies, challenging undemocratic exercises in estate redevelopment (including inadequate consultations and resident ballots), contesting the loss of community assets such as greenspace and demanding that the Greater London Authority create a Resident Empowerment Fund to level the playing field between residents, local authorities and private developers.
As well as bringing legal challenges based on public and planning law, we have supported residents by offering:
legal education on key terminology and the redevelopment process
help to draft submissions on planning applications
support with crowdfunding
Our contribution aims to support local residents and campaigns to shift the power balance which is so weighted in the favour of privatisation, infill and demolition. As community lawyers, we seek to be on the ground with campaigners, offering legal services as one tool or tactic amongst others in a campaign.
On Monday 18 October staff, volunteers and friends of PILC will walk ten kilometres through central London to raise money for free frontline legal advice services.
Austerity and ‘hostile environment’ policies have made life next to impossible for some of the most vulnerable people in the UK. After Brexit and Covid-19, and with judicial review under threat in 2021, supporting access to justice for marginalised communities has never been more important.
PILC has a unique role as the only UK law centre specialising in public law challenges to unfair government policies and practices. We also offer a radical voice around issues such as state surveillance, homelessness and gentrification.
Founded in 2016, we are a young organisation. We need your support as we continue to grow our dedicated team of solicitors, caseworkers & researchers.
Please help us hit our £750 fundraising by following this link and donating to our LLW appeal!