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‘Blatantly discriminatory’ PIP criteria cost £3.6bn and 2.5 years of unnecessary suffering for claimants

GMLC volunteer Thomas Wood looks at the origins of PIP, the 2017 amendment that excluded claimants impaired by psychological distress, and the recent legal challenge that found this guidance ‘blatantly discriminatory’. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit that helps with the extra costs of a long-term health condition or disability. An expansion of eligibility for…

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The government has created a “hostile environment” for disabled people, new research shows

At the end of June this year, anti-poverty charity Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) published a new report showing how the Government’s harsh policies are preventing disabled and unwell people from getting the disability payments they are entitled to. Mandatory Reconsideration When claimants are wrongly denied benefits after their assessment, they can have decision reviewed by requesting a Mandatory…

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Latest Updates from the Greater Manchester Law Centre

GMLC and GMIAU join forces to win important victory over DWP for Windrush victim | Thank you: our crowdfunder reached the initial target of £2,000 | Free ‘Benefits Self Defence Training’ 30th and 31st July | When ‘Universal’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Universal’ | Success for one of our future social welfare lawyers | “Your service is excellent, you don’t need…

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GMLC Twitter Feed

5 hours ago
“Instead of creating a hostile environment for those who are disabled, and assuming everyone is trying to cheat the system, ministers urgently need to recognise reality and give people them the support they deserve" @Z2K_trust's excellent new report https://t.co/VK5l0JWHlF
7 hours ago
Come in today to book an appointment for ESA/PIP form filling & appeals, 10am-3pm. Or call 0161 769 2244, email reception@gmlaw.org.uk.
22 hours ago
RT @SuffolkLCAudrey: @OlliePersey Certainly is. @EalingLawCentre and @gmlawcentre we’re among our inspirations for setting up @SuffolkLawCe…
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Early legal advice is a good start, but the scope needs to be much broader. #lasporeview https://t.co/zdKGz4uCAV

The next generation fighting for justice: this project needs your help

With the help of many supporters we reached our initial target of £2000 on Wednesday, which means we will start to get paid out for our LASP scheme, which starts in Autumn.

Please share this appeal, so we can continue and reach our stretch target of £5000. We have until Sunday, 12th August at 8am. If you have not done so already, please email five people you know this link:

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/nextgenjustice/

And if you are on social media, please share our appeal (Over 10% of this fundraiser so far came through links on Facebook).

Quote @gmlawcentre (https://twitter.com/gmlawcentre) on Twitter or Facebook about it .

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Windrush

We stand in solidarity with  those affected by the appalling treatment of the Windrush generation. At our premises in Moss Side, Manchester, we have been receiving dozens of inquiries from our local community worried about their immigration status. Whilst GMLC currently does not offer immigration advice, we offer some guidance for those affected.

But we also say that this scandal was not an anomaly, but a consequence of the Government’s ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy. We are campaigning for a change in the law to protect people’s rights.

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This post is regularly updated, as new information becomes available.

Windrush Generation Enquiries

We need new laws so that Windrush never happens again

“We can’t just scrabble to give advice to people queuing out the door. The focus needs to be on challenging legislation and the treatment of migrants as a whole” says GMLC employee Roz Burgin.

https://www.gmlaw.org.uk/2018/04/30/we-need-new-laws-so-that-windrush-never-happens-again/

GMLC response to the Windrush compensation consultation

We ask, for reasons set out in our article, in addition to compensation based on individual circumstances, a minimum amount is given to everyone affected by the scandal with an additional set amount given to anyone who travelled back to the UK after a visit abroad.

We also propose that clear and simple details of the compensation scheme, and ways of applying for it, are publicised widely, including directly with all advice agencies working in the communities affected.

https://www.gmlaw.org.uk/2018/06/06/gmlc-response-to-the-windrush-compensation-consultation/

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU) and Kenworthys Chambers respond to the Windrush compensation consultation

“We propose that the government agree to pay everyone affected by the ‘Windrush’ scandal a minimum level of General Compensatory Damages. This is in addition to compensation payments to be made based on a persons’ individual circumstances”  – GMIAU

“There needs to be both a political and commercial response to right the tragic wrong[s] which has been done to far too many, by providing a reparative payment that truly reflects the harm done to all those who have been wronged. A baseline figure [£10,000] should be given to all and be increased on a case by case basis depending on the complexity of each case” – Kenworthys Chambers

Read more here:

https://www.gmlaw.org.uk/2018/06/18/gmiau-and-kenworthys-chambers-respond-to-the-windrush-compensation-consultation/

GMLC and GMIAU join forces to win important victory over DWP for Windrush victim

Windrush victim wins appeal against £30,000.00 repayment demand and receives £8,041.01 in back-dated benefits. GMLC represented him in his DWP case and GMIAU represented him in his immigration case.
Read the whole case here:
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