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Maxine Peake: Support GMLC’s tireless & fearless work

As said by our patron, actor Maxine Peake: “This is about tackling the brutal victimisation of the most vulnerable within our society. So, we need to get behind the Greater Manchester Law Centre. We need to set up a standing order, we need to donate money to help them continue their tireless and fearless work.”

Set up a standing order or donate today. Click here to help!

This September, the Greater Manchester Law Centre is hosting its Annual General Meeting, celebrating how far we have come and the team we have built. Read about all the work we have done over the past year in our Annual Report 2018 here.

We have reclaimed over one million pounds which had been falsely denied to disabled claimants, we now have a full time housing solicitor, we have supported local campaigns at the forefront of welfare and housing issues, and we have fought for the reinstatement of Legal Aid. Our existence and progress is a triumph, but we need your support.

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This article is written by Jennifer Devans-Tamakloe, an aspiring barrister called to the Middle Temple and qualified mediator, currently working as a self-employed advocate on the northern circuit in general civil litigation matters. As a volunteer for GMLC, Jennifer aims to draw attention to GMLC’s causes and assist readers with gaining knowledge and understanding. Below,…

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We will not be complicit in the Universal Credit rollout: One year on

Exactly one year ago, we released our statement on the Universal Credit rollout. We were approached by a local Job Centre, who asked if we could provide facilities and support for Universal Credit applications. This did not sit well with us, and we carefully considered why. We stand alongside people who’re fighting the DWP’s hostile…

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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 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.

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.

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

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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.
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