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Advice in Greater Manchester – comprehensive map thanks to GMPA

Greater Manchester has a fantastic network of hard-working and dedicated organisations providing useful help and advice to those experiencing poverty. However, knowing exactly where to turn to can be challenging. Thanks to the excellent work of our friends at the Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) finding out how to reach these organisations is now easier than…

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Latest Updates from the Greater Manchester Law Centre

Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards Ceremony | Free ‘Benefits Self Defence Training’ 30th and 31st July | So much need for Employment Legal Advice: we now offer a second day per month | ‘Blatantly discriminatory’ PIP amendment cost £3.6bn and years of unnecessary suffering | The government has created a “hostile environment” for disabled people, new research shows | Legal Aid…

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It was a pleasure to meet caseworkers from @JamesFrith MP's office this week in Bury. We share a passion for free access to justice across Greater Manchester, especially in areas such as welfare benefits, housing and homelessness https://t.co/oUuWTf573x
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Claimants have to wait so long for their first UC installment that, by the time they receive their it, their payments are reduced to pay back emergency loans @charlotteh71 https://t.co/E4vz4h3fn5
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OPPORTUNITY & NECESSITY. We need to encourage the next generation of Social Welfare Lawyers. Apply for #Justice1stFellowship! We are grateful to be able to work with @SiobhanTWard, one of #Justice1stFellows. https://t.co/7IaXoFLg07
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This is about the #accesstojustice crisis. #LASPOreview & #legalaid: your thoughts & your input. The problems #LASPO brought need to be recognised by the Government. Join @YLALawyers NORTH for a drink & catch up in #Manchester on Thursday 23 August. https://t.co/XGcT6tVwuC https://t.co/RNF7c5yP2R
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AFTERNOON SUCCESS. @DWP made a client put in a fresh #PIP claim without good reason. #Justice1stFellow @SiobhanTWard: "Tribunal not satisfied there were sufficient grounds to supercede original award. Client's original Daily Living Component claim has been reinstated." #LCtoday
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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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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.
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