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A secure home should be a right for everyone!

And yet this Winter many people in Greater Manchester are homeless.

Legal advice is a vital tool to help people out of homelessness. Many people who are forced to sleep on the streets become homeless because of unresolved legal problems (evictions by rogue landlords, unlawful benefit decisions, unmet care needs and being wrongly turned away when they seek homelessness assistance from the Council).

Advice to address these problems is often the only way to ensure the rights of homeless people to suitable and long term accommodation.

By themselves, cold weather beds and food parcels are not a solution but a sticking plaster, a much needed attempt to prevent further deaths of homeless people on our streets.

Until every person who is homeless, living in unfit housing conditions, or at risk of losing their homes can access free, high quality, face to face legal advice then there will be no access to justice and the shame of homelessness in the UK and Greater Manchester has little hope of improving.

Our many volunteers and staff care passionately for the rights of this community and you can help, as well as tick off a number of gifts off your Christmas shopping list.

Go here to get your Gift Certificates and see how we helped Angela from homelessness to have a secure home for her and her newborn baby.

It’s a unique way to give… and to give again this Christmas!

Everyone at GMLC wishes you a joyful festive season and a very happy New Year!

Latest news

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Legal aid ‘decimated’: our response and analysis

Legal aid ‘decimated’ This week, one of the nation’s top news stories is a topic too often overlooked: the decimation of the Legal aid advice network. Legal disputes affect our homes, our families, our treatment as employees and more. They affect our very survival, for example when unwell or disabled people are left destitute after being…

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no to hostile environment

No one ‘is’ illegal: Statement by our Chair John Nicholson in support of the Guardian & Observer 2018 Appeal, defending victims of the UK’s ‘hostile environment’

Racism has always been used to “divide and rule” Half a century of immigration laws in this country have reinforced this – Indian vs West Indian, African vs Australian, “good” (often white) migrants vs “bad” migrants. And “benefit scroungers” vs “bogus immigrants”. The scandal that has come to light affecting the Windrush Generation this year…

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Law Society Messenger Column

“What made me first want to study law is the same thing that makes me want to succeed in becoming a social welfare lawyer”

We have a monthly column in the Law Society Messenger. You can see the full December edition here. This month, GMLC volunteer Alex McColl writes about what drives him as an aspiring barrister pursuing a career in social welfare and human rights law.     The Greater Manchester Law Centre is a campaign for free access…

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GMLC Twitter Feed

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Take a look at the Christmas Drop-in Service by the brilliant @lifeshareuk, a source of company and conversation over a cup of tea and a mince pie for anybody who may be feeling isolated or lonely over Christmas https://t.co/Ur9UwcARjj
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RT @north_housing: Housing Lawyers and advisers are here to help homeless people enforce their rights - in Manchester the homeless should b…
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Our solicitors don't hold back in their analysis of the recent news that Legal Aid has been 'decimated'. "Is it a surprise we are losing a generation of welfare rights advisors?” @YLALawyers @SteveHynesLAG @LegalActionGrp https://t.co/TDfKqhQ5gX
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MoJ: “every person should have access to legal advice – that’s why the Legal Aid Agency keeps availability under constant review and takes urgent action whenever it has concerns”. Decimation of Legal Aid is more than a concern. We await the urgent action. https://t.co/TDfKqhQ5gX
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Chair of @gmlawcentre John Nicholson & MC member Denise McDowell, @GMIAU, in response to #legalaid cuts @guardian article: We give free, accessible, high quality legal advice, supporting people with their legal rights to housing, but we demand the right to a secure home for all. https://t.co/ncNwzVQQSB
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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.

Helpful information

This page 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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