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.

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.…

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…