Domestic violence victims suffer enough. No GP should charge a victim of domestic abuse for a letter they need to access legal aid. It's unfair. It's immoral. And it has to stop.
Since the Scrap the Fee campaign was launched at Labour Party Annual Conference 2016, thousands have backed our campaign to scrap this unfair and immoral charge. The campaign was started by Wythenshawe Councillors Sarah Judge and Suzanne Richards, together with Mike Kane MP and Tom Watson MP.
They were inspired to launch the campaign after being approached by domestic violence survivor and volunteer at the Safe Spots centre in Wythenshaw, Lisa Clover. Lisa told them of the countless women who are being put in the impossible situation of having to choose between paying the bills, and paying for a legal aid letter from their GP.
The campaign was recently discussed at the highest level in the UK when Labour Lady Baroness Thornton supported the campaign in the House of Lords.
To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, Tom is asking Labour groups around the country to back his campaign to Scrap the Fee.
How you can help:
- Sign and share the petition here, use the hashtag #ScrapTheFee
- Download and use the model motion, which we are encouraging Labour Groups to propose at their next full council meeting
- Read more about the campaign here
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