Why we need the Hillsborough Law
The recent Inquests showed everybody that the Hillsborough families had been right all along. But they also showed us something else: that public bodies are still not ready, 27 years later, to act in the public interest and accept their faults with openness and transparency. Until this culture of impunity is changed, public confidence in the institutions that are supposed to serve us cannot be recovered.
Both SYP and YAS reacted to the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report in 2012 by distancing themselves from the behaviour of their respective organisations (YAS is the successor to SYMAS, the South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service). The timeline below shows that their behaviour between 2012 and the present day betrays this claim. From the perspective of public accountability, institutions today are not different enough from institutions in 1989.
For the families of those who died in the Hillsborough Disaster, the campaign for justice has never been simply about the 96. It is about ensuring that what happened to them and to other families who have lost loved ones through mistakes made by public institutions, doesn't continue to happen in the future. In the video below, family members explain why the Hillsborough Law would be a fitting legacy for the 96 and in this moving series of videos, they answer questions about the law.
The Hillsborough Law:
A fitting legacy for the 96
One thing is clear: the legal process needs to stop accomodating the culture of denial prevalent among public institutions. In these videos, lawyers who represented families of the 96 in the recent inquests discuss how the Hillsborough Law will change the legal playing field for public institutions.
The same old story: A timeline of institutional denial following the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report