Law students working with GMLC

Our new scheme with law students

Under GMLC’s new partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Pro Bono Community (PBC), 16 law students will assist our clients in applying for disability benefits. All of these students have successfully completed comprehensive training in welfare benefits law from PBC as well as our own training.   DLA, PIP and our services Disability Living Allowance (DLA)…

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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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Welfare for Social Welfare Professionals: Encouraging the next generation of legal aid lawyers

By Haseeb Khan, GMLC Campaign Volunteer. “‘I am a BPTC graduate and I volunteer with the law centre’s research and editorial team. Having been born and brought up in Manchester I was excited to hear about the fantastic work the centre has been doing recently. Changes to the legal aid landscape are a major part…

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Barrister-Direct pledge £3,000 and nominate GMLC as charity of the year!

We are thrilled to announce that the law firm Barrister-Direct have nominated GMLC as their charity of the year.   “Owing to Barrister-Direct’s commitment to access to justice, we are very proud to be the first law firm to sign up to the Greater Manchester Law Centre’s corporate sponsorship programme. Our firm has pledged to raise…

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The PIP Claim Process – A Study by GMLC Volunteers

Paul Cosier, Katrina Beitina and Marcia Hutchinson are volunteers at the Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC). This article collates widely-felt concerns as reported elsewhere about the Personal Independence Payment claim process, including some of the concerning case-studies regarding people with disabilities or chronic ailments and the difficulties they face in maintaining a claim.

GMLC challenges welfare policy where injustices occur, by drawing on their own casework experience and promoting the stories of those let down by the welfare system. At their recent AGM they announced plans for strategic litigation, where they will bring a legal challenge against welfare policy itself. This article is therefore part of the foundations for legal campaigning.

Paul also conducted a study of the ESA claim process for GMLC, which you can find here”.