| GMLC appeal supported by Maxine Peake | GMLC research: women disproportionately affected by welfare conditionality | Our £1m milestone in LegalVoice magazine | Latest access to justice news stories |
“This is about tackling the most brutal victimisation of the most vulnerable in our society. So we need to get behind the Greater Manchester Law Centre”
– GMLC Patron Maxine Peake
GMLC appeal supported by Maxine Peake
As said by our patron, actor Maxine Peake: “As a society, we cannot call ourselves democratic if the most vulnerable within our society cannot gain access to justice, and legal aid is essential. The Greater Manchester Law Centre are fighting hard and tirelessly to reinstate Legal Aid which is one of the last forgotten pillars of the welfare state.
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.”
Tomorrow September 29th September, 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.
GMLC research: women disproportionately affected by welfare conditionality
One of GMLC’s core aims is to challenge the unjust policy underpinning the social welfare system and to bring problems and criticisms to the fore.
GMLC volunteer Janne Heederik has assessed the discriminatory impact of welfare conditionality – where claimants have to meet certain obligations/ behave in a certain way to receive benefits.
“Emphasising the importance of paid employment and the responsibility of every individual to engage in it, can undermine the productive value of unpaid care work and the work lone parents – primarily women – do”
LegalVoice, the online magazine about access to justice has covered our milestone:
The Greater Manchester Law Centre has recovered over one million pounds in benefits for people since opening its doors two years ago.
‘Our work has now contributed over one million pounds to the Greater Manchester economy. But crucially, we recognise that these people should not have had to appeal their benefit decisions in the first place, and it is damning that they may never have received their entitlement had it not been for representation provided by the voluntary sector.’
Please, consider a donation to support our vital work.
Latest access to justice news stories
With thanks to GMLC campaign volunteer Frances Hall for sending these through.
- Financial Times: Justice for all? Inside the legal aid crisis
- The Times: Restore legal aid for initial advice, says shadow justice secretary
- Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes its report on the impact of LASPO
We are a law centre run by the community, for the community. This means we need your support. If you have a fundraising idea, let us know at email@example.com. Please consider making an individual donation by clicking here.
4 things you can do to help Greater Manchester Law Centre
- You can donate and/or set up a standing order to help fund our key legal services
- Get involved by either volunteering, becoming a member, a supporter, or if you are an organisation, you can affiliate with us. Go to the Get involved tab on the home page.
- For those of you on Twitter, follow us, RT or quote us and hashtag #WhyWeNeedGMLC or #FreeAccesstoJustice. If you are on fb follow our page and share our posts.
- Ask for a letter of support from your local councillor/MP/community organisation/trade union branch and send it in to us.
All the very best,
Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC)
Phone 0161 769 2244 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org
GMLC is run by the community for the community and your contributions are vital in securing key, free face-to-face advice and representation services as well as for fighting together for free access to justice.