GMLC appeal supported by Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake: Support GMLC’s tireless & fearless work

As said by our patron, actor Maxine Peake: “This is about tacking 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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GMLC reclaim over one million pounds falsely denied to disabled claimants

The Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) has recovered over one million pounds in benefits for people in Greater Manchester since opening in 2016. The benefits include financial support for those unable to work and payments to assist with costs caused by long term ill-health or disability. This money was won back by the casework team…

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Latest Updates from the Greater Manchester Law Centre

“Volunteering at this place has been my rock…” | Manchester Meteor: Legal Aid and Access to Justice | 70,000 disabled claimants to receive arrears thanks to legal action against Government | A thank you from a client | “Cuts have caused chaos and must be reserved.”    “This place has been my rock, my greatest support” Our volunteer Saffie is…

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GMLC Twitter Feed

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Our advice and representation services are free of charge. “We rely on the generosity of our community to survive. We ask everyone who supports our work to consider a donation – individual fundraising efforts aren’t top ups for us, they’re essential”
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Thank you @AboutMcr for covering our milestone - one million pounds falsely denied to disabled claimants reclaimed “The team made me feel like a real person. When I contacted the Law Centre I was at the lowest I had ever been... I was shown compassion"
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RT @charlotteh71: Please support my friends at @gmlawcentre and other law centres they do amazing work.
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Your donations pay for our vital services, from the frontlines to our caseworkers who support through to the end of their benefit appeals. Donate today in a few clicks: Thanks @MPeakeOfficial for your support
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RT @GMPovertyAction: Huge congratulations to @gmlawcentre who have now recovered over one million pounds in benefits for people in #Greate…
stating our mission


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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