We have launched a new campaign, My Dignity, My Rights, in a bid to see the changes to the Human Rights Act reversed.

At present, ministers want to axe the legislation in favour of a British Bill Rights because they want to “safeguard our freedoms under law” and provide a “clear demarcation of the separation of powers between the courts and Parliament”.

But we fear this may harm the important advocacy, information and advice work we do, along with other UK charities.

Our open letter, which has been signed by more than sixty advocacy, information and advice charities across the country, called for the Government to drop their plans.

We also have an online petition, which has been signed by more than 1,500 people, and has been featured in an interview on BBC Three Counties Radio.

Helen Moulinos, the CEO of POhWER, said: “Following the Queen’s Speech, we are concerned about the impact the Government’s proposed plans to reform the Human Rights Act will have on our beneficiaries."

“At POhWER, the 500,000+ people we support tell us there is still much work to do as there wouldn’t be a need for us to exist if human rights were being upheld for everyone living in the UK."

“We know advocacy, information and advice are powerful mechanisms to empower people to uphold their own rights and remind public authorities of their legal duty. Between POhWER and the 60 charities in our coalition we support millions each year with rights between us.”