We have a monthly column in the Law Society Messenger. You can see the full February edition here. This month, GMLC volunteer Lily Lewis gives her perspective of the impact of Legal Aid on her work. Lily Lewis is a volunteer with Greater Manchester Law Centre’s Legal Advocacy Support Project. She is currently studying…
Sign a petition started by Eccles Shelter residents here A group of homeless people who established a hostel in a vacant doctors’ surgery are facing possession proceedings by NHS Property Limited, who are seeking to evict them. GMLC are providing them with legal representation. On 31st January, a Judge made an order for possession.…
With: Richard Burgon MP, Shadow Justice Secretary and GMLC Patrons Maxine Peake and Robert Lizar Join us for the Greater Manchester Law Centre manifesto launch 11th April 2019, 6-8pm, Thompsons Solicitors, 55 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LQ Access to legal advice, representation and justice can empower people, reduce homelessness and poverty, challenge the hostile environment against…
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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.
This page is regularly updated, as new information becomes available.
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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