Universal Credit is a new system being rolled out by the Government that will merge different benefits into a single monthly payment. The system is convoluted and ineffective, and delays in payments have left many vulnerable people with not enough to live on and facing the threat of eviction and homelessness. We at the GMLC refuse to be complicit in the Universal Credit roll-out and are campaigning for it to be halted.  On this page you can find all the latest news related to Universal Credit.

Stop Universal Credit, fight the Digital Workhouse: 1st August 2019

The Greater Manchester Law Centre supports the national day of action to #STOPUniversalCredit on 1st August 2019.   Local actions have been organised in Manchester by Manchester Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) and Unite Community Union.   Find out about the DPAC event in St Peters Square, Thursday 1 August 2019, 13:00-15:00 here   Find out about…

PCS members “cannot stand idly by while ministers make the job of supporting claimants impossible”

Large and lively picket lines have marked the start of a 2-day strike by Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union members at Walsall and Wolverhampton Universal Credit service centres taking action today (May 28) and tomorrow. PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Our members who work to support some of the most vulnerable members of…

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We will not be complicit in the Universal Credit rollout: One year on

The voluntary sector should not be helping the government implement the iniquitous and inhumane restrictions on benefits represented by Universal Credit. It is not the role of the voluntary advice organisations to take government money to implement something that is fundamentally against the best interests of those they are supposed to be supporting – GMLC…

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Free Benefits Self Defence Training for disabled people: 30th and 31st July

We are delighted to be a part of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP)’s two-day Benefits Self Defence Training. This is a free event for disabled people to gain confidence, skills, tools and tips on how to assist themselves and others through the benefits system. The sessions will focus on ESA, PIP and Universal…

When ‘Universal’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Universal’: A recent judgment

By Robert Povall. Robert is a Campaign Volunteer with GMLC. He has just completed the GDL at the University of Law and is passionate about making a difference. He wants to become a Barrister, specialising in immigration, civil liberties and human rights.   Imagine that you have a severe disability and receive benefits to help…

Groups protest Universal Credit Evictions

Cross-city groups hold day of action against Universal Credit evictions

Press Release Issued 18th April 2018 The Greater Manchester Law Centre, Disabled People Against the Cuts, Acorn Tenants’ Union, Unite Community Union and the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People carried out a day of action in Manchester city centre today, demanding that no one faces eviction as a result of delays to Universal Credit…

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“We demand: no evictions as a result of Universal Credit delays” says GMLC, Disabled People Against the Cuts, Acorn tenants’ union and others

The Greater Manchester Law Centre, Disabled People Against the Cuts and Acorn tenants’ union have jointly issued a campaign demand: no one should face eviction as a result of delays to Universal Credit payments. Universal Credit is a new system that will merge many types of benefits into one single payment. It has faced harsh…

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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…