Finance Score: 3
Governance Score: 6
Support Score: 10
  • Liabilities <10%: +3
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +10
Overall GiG Score: 19 ?

PRISONERS' ADVICE SERVICE 

THE PRISONERS' ADVICE SERVICE PROVIDES LEGAL ADVICE AND INFORMATION TO PRISONERS IN ENGLAND AND WALES REGARDING THEIR RIGHTS, PARTICULARLY THE APPLICATION OF THE PRISON RULES AND THEIR CONDITIONS OF IMPRISONMENT.
Analysis by Giving is Great

Positives:

  • The charity has received backing from multiple prominent grant makers, including a Community Foundation, recently
  • This charity has a robust balance sheet
  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and dynamic in terms of composition
Established: 28 years

www.prisonersadvice.org.uk

admin@prisonersadvice.org.uk

02072533600

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UN SDGs
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Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
£k
Spending
£k
Surplus/
Deficit
Fundraising
Cost £k
Total
Funds £k
Unrestricted
Funds £k
Mths
Rsrvs
Staff Volun-
teers
31/03/23£567£485£82£36£433£3418.41015
31/03/22£489£434£55n/an/an/an/an/a15
31/03/21£550£488£62£28£296£20351130
31/03/20£541£477£64£87£234£1483.71120
31/03/19£502£451£52£81£170£1102.91160
31/03/18£493£461£31£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/17£401£437£-36£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/16£418£373£45£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/15£406£373£34£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/14£319£336£-17£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/13£387£381£6£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/12£391£447£-56£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/11*£401£426£-25£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/10£375£355£20£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/09*£352£337£15£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/08£363£307£56£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/07£263£260£3£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/06£282£265£18£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/05*£213£231£-19£0£0£0n/a00
31/03/04*£184£207£-24£0£0£0n/a00

Financial Ratios
Fundraising Costs/Relevant Income: 15.3%
Fundraising Costs/Total Spending: 7.4%
Highest pay band: Less than £60,000
Liabilities/Assets: 9%
Liabilities/Income: 7%
Unrestricted Funds/Total Funds: 79%
Reserves/Spending: 8.4 months
Net Current Assets/Spending: 11 months
Quick Ratio: 1.9
Asset Split ?
What it does
  • Education/Training
Who works here?
  • 10 employees
  • 15 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Other Defined Groups
How it operates
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
Where it operates
  • Throughout England And Wales,

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
AB Charitable Trust£82,000
The Bromley Trust£70,000
City Bridge Trust£45,000
Garfield Weston Foundation£40,000
Access to Justice Foundation£34,438
Essex Community Foundation£17,000
London Legal Support Trust£10,000
Specific Donations
Amount When
Months
To be used for
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to Prisoners' Advice Service
£22,000 06/10/2022
An unrestricted grant of £22,000 (Year 3 of 3 years)This grant includes a 10% cost of living uplift. PAS provides free legal advice and support to prisoners throughout England and Wales regarding ....more
Essex Community Foundation - Grant to Prisoners' Advice Service
£7,500 07/06/2022
to support a service providing advice on legal rights for prisoners from Essex in Chelmsford, Belmarsh and Thameside Prisons
The Bromley Trust - Unrestricted grant
£60,000 17/01/2022
Prison Advice Service (PAS) provide professional-level legal advice to prisoners throughout England and Wales regarding their rights, conditions of imprisonment and the application of the Prison ....more
London Legal Support Trust - Centres of Excellence 2021
£10,000 14/12/2021
Long term core funding for specialist free legal advice organisations, along with in-kind help and support with ongoing development. Aiming to support a sustainable and robust specialist advice ....more
City Bridge Trust - Grant to Prisoners' Advice Service
£45,000 21/09/2021
60
£45,000 over five years (£9,000 each year) as a contribution towards 10% of two part-time Community Care Caseworkers, 20% of a Women Prisoners Caseworker, volunteer support and associated running ....more
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to Prisoners' Advice Service
£20,000 09/09/2021
An unrestricted grant of £20,000 (This grant is renewable - year 2 of up to 3 years). Prisoners' Advice Service provides free legal advice and support to prisoners throughout England and Wales ....more
Essex Community Foundation - Grant to Prisoners' Advice Service
£5,000 12/03/2021
to support a service providing advice on legal rights for prisoners from Essex in Chelmsford, Belmarsh and Thameside Prisons
The Bromley Trust - Unrestricted grant
£10,000 18/01/2021
12
Prison Advice Service (PAS) provide professional-level legal advice to prisoners throughout England and Wales regarding their rights, conditions of imprisonment and the application of the Prison ....more
Tudor Trust - Grant to Prisoners' Advice Service
£2,000 05/01/2021
as an additional grant to support staff, volunteer and trustee wellbeing, to assist the organisation deliver its charitable purpose more effectively
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to Prisoners' Advice Service
£20,000 08/10/2020
An unrestricted grant of £20,000 (This grant is renewable - year 1 of up to 3 years). PAS provides free legal advice and support to prisoners throughout England and Wales regarding their human and ....more
Access to Justice Foundation - Joint Initiative Flexible COVID-19 Grant
£34,438 19/08/2020
A flexible grant as part of wave 1 of the Community Justice Fund. A pooled fund to support the specialist legal welfare advice sector in its response to COVID19
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (2 Years) award
£40,000 14/02/2020
Prisoners' Advice Service Core Costs
Essex Community Foundation - PAS' Work with Prisoners in and from Essex and the Surrounding Area
£4,500 16/12/2019
11
To continue a service providing advice on legal rights for prisoners from Essex in Chelmsford, Belmarsh and Thameside Prisons
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS)
£20,000 27/06/2019
An unrestricted grant of £20,000. Prisoners' Advice Service provides free legal advice and support to adult prisoners throughout England and Wales regarding human and legal rights, Family Law, and ....more
Trust for London - Prisoners' Advice Service
£30,000 20/02/2019
36
The funding is for our on-going work to address the inequality of treatment of Foreign National Prisoners (FNPs) with a London connection by providing advice and advocacy support.
National Lottery Community Fund - Prisoners' Advice Service Telephone Advice Line
£165,000 11/01/2019
60
The project will provide free, expert legal advice and representation to adult prisoners. The aim is to reduce the unnecessary suffering of protected groups in prison & seek to bring positive ....more
DCMS - Tampon Tax Community Fund
£10,000 03/12/2018
Our work is naturally in line with your objectives, as we aim to improve the lives of multiply-disadvantaged and marginalised female prisoners. We help them to overcome the barriers of their ....more
Tudor Trust - Grant to Prisoners' Advice Service
£22,000 25/10/2018
12
over one year towards the development of a self-help tool kit for LBGT+ prisoners focusing on prison law and how it relates to them
Essex Community Foundation - Work with Prisoners in and from Essex and Surrounding Area
£5,000 20/09/2018
11
To continue a service providing advice on legal rights for prisoners from Essex in Chelmsford and Thameside Prisons
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS)
£20,000 24/04/2018
£20,000 towards core costs. Prisoners' Advice Service provides free legal advice and support to adult prisoners throughout England and Wales regarding human and legal rights, Family Law, and ....more
The Bromley Trust - Unrestricted grant
£30,000 17/01/2018
36
Prison Advice Service (PAS) provide professional-level legal advice to prisoners throughout England and Wales regarding their rights, conditions of imprisonment and the application of the Prison ....more
Garfield Weston Foundation - Multi-Year Grant (2 Years) award
£30,000 09/10/2017
Core Costs Prisoners' Advice Service
Essex Community Foundation - Work with Prisoners in and from Essex and Surrounding Area
£5,000 22/05/2017
11
To continue a service providing advice on legal rights for prisoners from Essex in Chelmsford and Thameside Prisons
AB Charitable Trust - A grant to Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS)
£20,000 27/04/2017
£20,000 towards providing free legal advice for prisoners. Prisoners' Advice Service provides free legal advice and support to adult prisoners throughout England and Wales regarding human and legal ....more
Woodward Charitable Trust - Towards running additional training sessions for “peer advisors”
£1,000 24/02/2016
Towards running additional training sessions for “peer advisors” to help with human rights advice.
AB Charitable Trust - Advice on Human Rights for Prisoners
£20,000 20/10/2015
£20,000 towards core costs
AB Charitable Trust - Providing free legal advice to Prisoners
£20,000 21/10/2014
£20,000 towards free legal advice to Prisoners
Barrow Cadbury Trust - Expansion of Outreach Clinics
£60,000 25/01/2014
To enable women in prison to access prison-based legal advice clinics.
AB Charitable Trust - Legal advice and representation for prisoners
£15,000 09/07/2013
£15,000 towards core costs
National Lottery Community Fund - Telephone advice line for prisoners
£139,243 18/04/2012
60
Project: This is the continuation of an existing project which aims to provide prisoners across England with access to advice and representation, support around resettlement, rehabilitation, family ....more
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS)
£68,000 19/10/2011
Towards the salary of the managing solicitor to oversee legal advice provided to prisoners and their families.
Esmee Fairbairn - Grant to Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS)
£75,000 27/02/2008
36
Towards Core costs Towards the salary and costs of the managing solicitor.
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (10)
Current Trustees appointed

Age Range of Trustees: 32-79
  • DOMINIQUE WEBB (Chair) Appointed: 2019, Occupation: Head Of Operations
  • KATIE LE-BILLON Appointed: 2017, Occupation: Senior Trust And Grants Fundraiser
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 10/04/1996, number: 1054495
  • Registered at Companies House on 01/04/1996, number: 03180659
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Investing charity funds policy and procedures
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
20 returns made; AR11: 4 days late, AR09: 25 days late, AR05: 109 days late, AR04: 130 days late,
Main office

PRISONERS ADVICE SERVICE
PO BOX 46199
LONDON
EC1M 4XA

Objectives

(1) TO RELIEVE AND REHABILITATE PERSONS HELD IN PENAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM (2) TO ADVANCE EDUCATION AND RELIEVE POVERTY AMONG THE AFORESAID PERSONS AND THE FAMILIES AND DEPENDANTS OF SUCH PERSONS PARTICULARLY BY THE PROVISION OF A FREE SERVICE OF LEGAL AND OTHER ADVICE. (3) THE ADVANCEMENT OF EUCATION OF THE PUBLIC AND IN PARTICULAR MEMBERS OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION, IN RELATION TO THE LAW RELATING TO THE RIGHTS OF PRISONERS (WHICH EXPRESSION SHALL MEAN PERSONS WHO ARE SUFFERING OR HAVE SUFFERED A LEGAL RESTRICTION ON THEIR LIBERTY IN ANY PENAL OR CORRECTIONAL ESTABLISHMENT OR THROUGH ANY MEANS WHATSOEVER) AND MENTALLY DISORDERED PATIENTS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF PART III OF THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT 1983 AND THE RIGHTS OF THEIR FAMILIES AND DEPENDANTS. (4) THE RELIEF OF PERSONS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM WHO ARE IN A CONDITION OF NEED, HARDSHIP AND DISTRESS.

Defined Area of Benefit:

NOT DEFINED

Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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