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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…

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…