UFFC is a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody, and supports others in similar situations. Established in 1997 initially as a network of black families, over recent years the group has expanded and now includes the families and friends of people from varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Black Lives Matter UK has agreed to the release of £40,000 in grant funding to the National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund (NMPMFF) to further their Development Plan and appoint two new key part-time staff members (employed via accountable body, Catalyst4Change CIC).
The NMPMFF (developed in 2015) is the first permanent national resource of its kind specifically for those that are affected by deaths in custody and makes small grants available for families and their campaign groups across the United Kingdom to provide practical domestic assistance, to further the work of their own campaigns or to assist them in engaging in a range of other local, regional or national campaigns, events and initiatives.
Members of the so-called “Cardiff Five” should be “recognised as victims”, a senior police officer has said.John Actie, Ronnie Actie, Stephen Miller, Tony Paris and Yusef Abdullahi spent time in prison after being falsely accused of murdering 20-year-old Lynette White in Cardiff in 1988.
Former Chief Constable of South Wales Police [Forece] Matt Jukes said he was “sorry for the effect on their lives”. He was speaking on a BBC documentary about the case, A Killing In Tiger Bay.
It has been described as as one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in UK legal history.