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Rights and Citizenship

Rights and Citizenship

Find information relating to the rights of British Citizens, your representatives, the law and how to get help or complain when things go wrong.

  • Gov.UK Citizenship pages
    UK Government pages on becoming a British Citizen, Life in the UK test, Immigration, voting, petitioning the government, understanding and engaging with government, and much more.

  • Gov.UK Rights and the Law page
    UK Government pages on everything to do with your rights and the law as a UK citizen.

  • UK Visas and Immigration: Get advice about immigration, asylum and British citizenship. 

  • Advice Now
    Advice Now is an independent, not-for-profit website providing accurate, helpful information on rights and legal issues for the general public.

  • Citizens Advice Online
    Citizens Advice Online, provides people with round-the-clock access to CAB information on their rights and entitlements - including benefits, housing and employment, and on debt, consumer and legal issues.

  • Dudley Citizen’s Advice Bureaux: Addresses and opening hours for the CAB locations in the Dudley borough.

  • Dudley Trading Standards
    Webpage and contact details for Dudley trading standards, who are responsible for enforcing a wide range of consumer legislation concerning fair trading, quality, quantity and safety.  Also contains a list of approved local tradesmen.

  • Which? Consumer Rights
    Find help with your consumer problems, understand the relevant regulations, and use the step-by-step guides to take action.

  • Buy with confidence
    Find businesses that have been vetted and approved by Trading Standards to ensure that they operate in a legal, honest and fair way.

  • Ombudsman Association
    Find the details of the ombudsman that is best for dealing with your complaint.

  • Information Commissioner
    Get guidance about Data Protection, Privacy and Freedom of Information.

  • ACAS: Use the Advice A-Z to find advice on a variety of employment relations subjects.

  • Law Society - Find a solicitor
    Search the database of registered solicitors, and find further guidance about paying for legal services, specialist solicitors, lawyers for businesses etc.

  • Legal Aid: Find out about Legal Aid, eligibility criteria and how to claim it.

  • Legislation
    Search the official portal to the full text of all legislation from 1988 to the present day (most pre-1988 primary legislation also available on this site, but see the website 'Help' section for exceptions).

  • Write to them
    Enter your postcode to identify your local councillors, MP and MEP. You can then click to send a message to them.

  • Life in the UK Test
    This site helps you to prepare for the Life in the UK Test that is now required for settlement in the UK or British citizenship.  It does not give you the knowledge you need to take the test.  You can find this information in the '3rd edition of the Life in the United Kingdom handbook: A Guide for New Residents'.  Dudley Libraries stock this book which you can reserve online for pickup at your local library.  You can also use GoCitizen, an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK test and is available free via our online resources.

  • Liberty Guide to Human Rights
    Liberty’s website provides information and support to people who wish to understand and enforce their rights under the Human Rights Act 1988.

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