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The PIP Claim Process – A Study by GMLC Volunteers

Paul Cosier, Katrina Beitina and Marcia Hutchinson are volunteers at the Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC). This article collates widely-felt concerns as reported elsewhere about the Personal Independence Payment claim process, including some of the concerning case-studies regarding people with disabilities or chronic ailments and the difficulties they face in maintaining a claim.

GMLC challenges welfare policy where injustices occur, by drawing on their own casework experience and promoting the stories of those let down by the welfare system. At their recent AGM they announced plans for strategic litigation, where they will bring a legal challenge against welfare policy itself. This article is therefore part of the foundations for legal campaigning.

Paul also conducted a study of the ESA claim process for GMLC, which you can find here”.


Editorial and Research Group Meeting: 6pm October 16th

6pm October 16th at our premises, 159 Princess Road. All of our supporters and volunteers are welcome but you must let us know if you plan to attend: email development[at] The launch of our Editorial and Research Group earlier this year was a resounding success. Our volunteers research and write articles on topical legal issues, which we then…


Greater Manchester Law Centre’s law students have a 100% success rate in winning benefit appeals

As part of the Greater Manchester Law Centre’s (GMLC) Pro Bono Legal Advocacy Support Project [LASP] students from the Manchester Law School represent clients at appeal hearings, who are due to have their Employment and Support Allowance reduced by the Department of Work and Pensions. The project affords students with a unique opportunity to put…