The housing crisis means more and more of us are living in rented accommodation.  For some of the most vulnerable members of our community this means dealing with difficult landlords and living with the permanent fear of eviction and homelessness.  On this page you can find out about our housing advice services and how we are campaigning for secure and safe accommodation for all.

COVID-19: Making Homelessness Applications

We understand that some local authorities across Greater Manchester have or will be closing their face to face homelessness assessment services. This doesn’t mean that people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness cannot make homelessness applications. Applications can be made by phone or by e-mail. We know that they are under enormous pressure, but…

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

Changes to our Service Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) takes the health and safety of our staff, members, clients and other visitors to our offices very seriously. We are making changes to our service to reflect the current public health risk caused by the Coronavirus/Covid19 Outbreak. We have taken the latest Government guidance into account and in…

Say No to the PSPO!

Say No to the PSPO! Despite widespread criticism Manchester City Council is continuing with its planned Public Space Protection Order for the City Centre. Greater Manchester Law Centre remains opposed to the PSPO – our position is outlined in the attached briefing. In November 2019, the Council’s Communities & Equalities Scrutiny Committee (CESC) considered the…

General Election 2019- our response.

Now that the General Election is behind us, Greater Manchester Law Centre implores the incoming Government to secure access to justice for the whole community. The priorities set out in the Law Centre Manifesto remain the basis upon which we believe that access to justice for all can be achieved. Our message of community solidarity…

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Sign up to our Manifesto-“Fighting Together for Free Access to Justice”

At the Greater Manchester Law Centre we have a vision of a fairer society and we believe that every one of us has a part to play. We simply cannot stand silently by and watch the attack on the most poor and vulnerable in our communities worsen. In this spirit, we launched our Manifesto- “Fighting…

General Election 2019: How the big parties weigh in on ‘access to justice’

A month ago we promised to demand that the political parties headed to the General Election commit themselves to ensuring free access to justice for all those who have become victims of homelessness, racism and the hostile environment which operates against migrants and claimants. We contacted Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson and Caroline Lucas.…

“Are controversial Council plans fair or do they still discriminate against the homeless?”- Manchester Confidential

Greater Manchester Law Centre’s Housing solicitor, Kathy Cosgrove, spoke to Manchester Confidential about the Council’s proposed PSPO being discriminatory, inhumane and potentially unlawful.     AFTER nearly a year, Manchester City Council finally looks ready to make a decision about its proposed ‘public space protection order’ (PSPO). PSPOs give local authorities power to prohibit certain behaviours…

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In solidarity: Bolton Trades Council statement following the fire that engulfed the Cube

The below is a statement from Bolton Trades Council following the fire than engulfed the Cube. That this has happened following the Grenfell Tower tragedy is simply unacceptable. We must fight for safe and secure housing and we at Greater Manchester Law Centre fully support the points made by Bolton Trades Council.  The fire at the…