We at the GMLC are a campaigning organisation. We are actively fighting Government cuts to legal aid and for the restoration of funding and support for all who need legal advice and representation. We are also fighting to change Government welfare reform policy. The vulnerable in our community face real hardship, and we are using our experience enact real change through strategic litigation. On this page you can find out all about our campaigning activities.

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Greater Manchester Law Centre’s law students have a 100% success rate in winning benefit appeals

As part of the Greater Manchester Law Centre’s (GMLC) Pro Bono Legal Advocacy Support Project [LASP] students from the Manchester Law School represent clients at appeal hearings, who are due to have their Employment and Support Allowance reduced by the Department of Work and Pensions. The project affords students with a unique opportunity to put…

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Create a Levy for Free Access to Justice: An open letter to Andy Burnham

  *Sign this letter here* Dear Andy Burnham, The Greater Manchester Law Centre invites you to fund pro bono and charitable legal services by introducing a levy on Manchester’s corporate legal sector. Your manifesto declares that Greater Manchester will be ‘a beacon of social justice to the country’, ‘where no one is left behind’. To…

Fear and hope – “Brexit Shorts: Shattered” by Maxine Peake, featuring the Greater Manchester Law Centre

The Guardian recently commissioned well-known actress Maxine Peake to contribute to their pioneering series, Brexit Shorts , inspired by last year’s EU referendum result. You may recall a productive afternoon in March where Greater Manchester Law Centre Patron, Maxine Peake, joined us for our thoughts on the effects of Brexit. The meeting brought together insight from volunteers, members of…

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Universal Credit to roll out in Altrincham and Stretford 17th July 2017

Universal Credit is a new benefit which replaces Income Support, Income Based Employment Support Allowance, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, Tax Credits and Housing Benefit with a single monthly payment. This means if you are looking to make a fresh claim for any of the above, your claim will be processed as Universal Credit. Whilst Universal…

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Manchester Arena Attack Free Legal Advice

If you were at the Manchester Arena and have been affected by the attack on Monday 22nd May 2017, Manchester Law Society can help you get free legal advice and assistance. If you have been physically or mentally injured or have concerns about yours/others property, long-term healthcare arrangements, financial obligations/debt, benefits, insurance, family matters or…

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Grenfell Tower inquiry must be on residents’ terms, says Hillsborough families’ barrister

Leading human rights lawyer and GMLC patron Michael Mansfield QC has called on the Grenfell residents to insist that they were not ‘excluded’ from any forthcoming inquiry. Michael Mansfield QC called on victims of the Kensington tower-block blaze which killed at least 79 people to act immediately: ‘Those who’ve got the strength have got to come together to…

GMLC is supporting the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit in their campaign to protect and represent unaccompanied child refugees in claiming asylum in the UK

The urgent need for children to have access to safe and legal routes to protection has become more pressing following the fire which devastated between 1000 to 1500 homes at the Grand-Synthe migrant camp, near Dunkirk, in April earlier this year. Whilst the Dubs Amendment Scheme sought to relocate around 3, 000 vulnerable child refugees, the recent…