“Manchester needs a quality legal service to give the most vulnerable access to justice not just the most affluent.”
-Vicky Marsh, Safety 4 Sisters
Whilst statistics of the effects of legal aid cuts and law centre closures can be harrowing, there are always human stories behind the numbers. Greater Manchester Law Centre wants to capture the difficulties that people have in accessing justice and how we have supported them.
“I will never forget what the Law Centre has done for me.”
Anyone who has seen the film ‘I, Daniel Blake’ will know something of the obstacles & hardship many people face when they are found fit for work & their Employment & Support Allowance stops.
This was the situation of the very first client to come to Greater Manchester Law Centre when it opened on 6 September, 2016. Now, with a Law Centre volunteer as his representative, he has won his appeal to an independent tribunal & his benefit has been restored. A Law Centre spokesperson said, ‘Mr A was injured in a road accident and, despite surgery, his movement is very restricted and he is in severe pain. We are delighted that he has won his appeal and that we are beginning to see some positive results.’
Mr A from Rusholme said, ‘they have made me & my family very happy. I will never forget what the Law Centre has done for me.’