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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Keynote speaker for our AGM: Rebekah Carrier and her groundbreaking case

Everyone is welcome at our AGM, Thursday 28th September 2017, 6:30pm at the Mechanics Institute. We now have a facebook event here. Our keynote speaker is Rebekah Carrier, solicitor and director of Hopkin Murray Beskine. She recently hit the headlines when she represented a group of single mothers bringing a successful challenge against the government’s benefit cap, which limits the income…

Three Thank You messages for GMLC

PIP Claim Victory Sue* applied for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), as she has severe mobility difficulties. When she came to GMLC, she was receiving insufficient support, because she had not been awarded the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP. Our excellent volunteer caseworker Shaheen Mansoor assisted Sue in submitting a late mandatory reconsideration…

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Mark Schwenk & John Nicholson Return from Assisting ILPA’s “Refugee Legal Support Project” in Athens

Greater Manchester Law Centre management members and Kenworthys barristers Mark Schwenk and John Nicholson have been assisting the “Refugee Legal Support” project, based at the Khora Community Centre in Athens. The project has only been up and running for about 6 months and it is now seeing substantial numbers of people every day who have been trying to find a peaceful…

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Were Grenfell Tower residents denied access to justice?

[Please note corrections to paragraph 2 and 3, 24th August 2017] By Eimear McCartan and Sam Blewitt, Campaign Volunteers at the Greater Manchester Law Centre. On Wednesday 14th June, a housing block engulfed in flames and blackened by charred bricks became a flaming beacon for social injustice. One of the many questions in need of urgent…

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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…