The GMLC grew out of a protest against cuts to services offering free legal advice and representation.  In recent years the right to legal aid has been subject to permanent assault by successive governments.  As a result people have been left without advice and support when they need it most, putting them at the risk of poverty, homelessness and unemployment.  On this page you can find out all the latest news from the struggle to restore legal aid.

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…

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UN rapporteur: the devastating relationship between legal aid cuts, poverty and ‘the systematic immiseration of millions’

By Brocho Nemetsky Brocho is a volunteer at the GMLC. She is interested in learning about our rights, and helping others to do the same. She works as a paralegal at Brian Barr Solicitors, and hopes to work as a Barrister.     On 5 November 2018, Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty…