22/12/2017 “It’s great working with … the GM Law Centre [in 2017].” Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA)

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Tom Skinner, GMPA

19/12/2017 “Congratulations on such a wonderful and essential service you provide! Enjoy enjoy enjoy and all the very best for Christmas and New Year.”

Maxine Peake

05/12/2017 “The survival of so many law centres is one of the brightest features of the present gloomy scene. In another appendix to our report I describe how the number of law centres grew from two in 1970 to 34 in 1980 and 62 in 1991. …”Many other law centres have had to reduce the services they can provide, and they can now help fewer people. On average, law centres lost 40% of their income between 2010 and 2015 (including a cut of over 60% in their legal aid revenue as a direct result of LASPO). Only one in three people now obtain the help and assistance they need.”

Since 2013-4, however, the numbers have held more or less steady, despite the additional pressures caused by the local authority spending cuts. And they are now creeping up again with the establishment of the new centres in Greater Manchester and Ipswich, and, hopefully, the new initiatives in Haringey and Lewisham – and elsewhere, perhaps.” From a talk at the Hackney Law Centre AGM

Sir Henry Brooke

17/11/2017 “Lovely to meet you all & discuss the fantastic work you all do! Thank you for inviting me.”

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Debbie Abrahams MP

“Thanks for keeping us in touch. This is clearly an important campaign. We’re sending a small contribution from all at Sixteen Film.”

 

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Ken Loach, film director

“I fully support the idea of the Greater Manchester Law Centre and congratulate all those involved in getting it off the ground. I am very worried that my constituents are finding it harder and harder to get access to justice and are more and more vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous employers. This initiative is of crucial importance and has my complete backing.”

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Andy Burnham, Mayor for Greater Manchester

“The Greater Manchester Law Centre is an important initiative to ensure that Manchester residents can access legal advice whatever their means. I hope to see this project expand in the future, and I look forward to working closely with them in years to come.”

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Jeff Smith MP

“You have my full support so please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to help.”

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Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

“As a Barrister I have long believed that it is the responsibility of any government to ensure access to justice as part of the rule of law. Publically-funded law should stand in equal importance to our priorities on NHS, housing and education. Tragically it is a responsibility that our government has failed to acknowledge since introducing its legal aid reforms, which inevitably have hurt the most vulnerable in our society. I know, from the hundreds of people who contact me, how difficult life has become for many in the Greater Manchester area. Many are facing serious debts, or the threat of homelessness, and others can simply not afford to speak to a solicitor. That’s why I’m so pleased to hear about the launch of the Greater Manchester Law Centre, a service that will provide invaluable advice and representation to the people who need it most.”

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Yasmin Qureshi MP

“I support the creation of a law centre in Greater Manchester and would welcome it being based in my constituency…I applaud the work that the Greater Manchester Law Centre Steering Group are doing and I look forward to working together when they have established a permanent base.’”

Lucy Powell MP

“I fully support a Greater Manchester Law Centre. The Greater Manchester Law Centre will provide  much-needed free, legal support and advice for all.”

Barbara Keeley MP