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GMLC supports the emergency solidarity vigil for Yarl’s Wood strikers, 8th March 5pm

The Greater Manchester Law Centre supports the emergency solidarity vigil for Yarl’s Wood strikers and all those in immigration detention. Thursday 8th March, 5-6pm outside Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square. Please note that GMLC do not offer legal advice or representation on immigration matters. You can find our available services here. Tomorrow, on International Women’s…

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Work & Pensions Committee: PIP & ESA trust deficit fails claimants and the public purse

In November 2017 Greater Manchester Law Centre submitted a contribution to the Work and Pensions Committee, after they put out a call for evidence on the medical assessments for disability benefits PIP and ESA carried out by private contractors Capita, Atos and Maximus. Our submission was part of the evidence of the full report, which…

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Wednesday 14th February: Grenfell Solidarity Rally

The Greater Manchester Law Centre supports this solidarity rally.   GMATUC (the representative body for grassroots trades unionists in Greater Manchester) have organised a rally in support of Grenfell residents at 6:30pm on 14th February, Market Street, Manchester. The event will consist of a silent candlelit march led by people walking in single file, carrying placard…

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Friday 2nd February: Bolton needs a Law Centre. Public meeting with Yasmin Qureshi MP & GMLC

We want to launch Greater Manchester Law Centre in Bolton. If you agree and want to get involved join us on Friday, 2nd February, 7pm to 8pm, at the Lecture Theatre, Bolton Central Library, Le Mans Cres, Bolton BL1 1SE   Speakers include: Maxine Peake, an esteemed GMLC patron, actress and campaigner Apologies, Maxine Peake had…

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Save the date: Friday 20th April 2018. With Lord Bach: Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW: Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice: An event by the Greater Manchester Law Centre with Lord Bach, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon, Young Legal Aid Lawyers Vice-Chair Siobhán Taylor-Ward and Joe Mensah-Dankwah of Black Solicitors Network. Book your tickets now! Click here. Tickets are in high demand so…

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BREAKING: Greater Manchester Law Centre Statement in Parliament

On 18th October, Jim McMahon MP Read from our statement on Universal Credit during the House of Commons debate. We thank him and all MPs speaking out against a welfare system which inflicts further punishment and adversity on vulnerable people. See the video here. Our full statement is below. Our stance was also picked up in…

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Our Statement on Universal Credit: We will not be complicit

On 9th October 2018, we published an updated version of this statement with further comment. Find this statement here. At the Greater Manchester Law Centre, we help people to navigate the existing benefits system. Vulnerable members of our community are struggling to access the support they deserve because of long and intimidating application forms and convoluted tribunal processes. In…

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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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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…