Whether it is advising clients or helping out at our campaigning and fundraising events, the dedication and enthusiasm of our fantastic volunteers is essential to everything we do.  As a charity we are always looking for more volunteers to join our fight for free access to justice. On this page you can find the latest news on what our volunteers have been up to, and updates on ways in which you can get involved.

Law Society Messenger Column

“What made me first want to study law is the same thing that makes me want to succeed in becoming a social welfare lawyer”

We have a monthly column in the Law Society Messenger. You can see the full December edition here. This month, GMLC volunteer Alex McColl writes about what drives him as an aspiring barrister pursuing a career in social welfare and human rights law.     The Greater Manchester Law Centre is a campaign for free access…

DWP to refund over £970m to ESA claimants underpaid since 2011, and another £700m moving forwards

By Robert Povall. Robert is a Campaign Volunteer with GMLC. He has just commenced the BPTC 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. Below, Robert reviews the DWP’s error which resulted in over 180,000 disability benefit…

Housing in Greater Manchester

Affordable housing in Greater Manchester – What’s going on?

This article is written by Jennifer Devans-Tamakloe, an aspiring barrister called to the Middle Temple and qualified mediator, currently working as a self-employed advocate on the northern circuit in general civil litigation matters. As a volunteer for GMLC, Jennifer aims to draw attention to GMLC’s causes and assist readers with gaining knowledge and understanding. Below,…

Legal Action

70,000 disabled claimants to receive up to £150million more in arrears thanks to legal action against Government

by GMLC Volunteer  Robert Povall.   Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has taken legal action against the Government to defeat a statutory defence which could have left 70,000 underpaid disabled claimants £150m out of pocket. (1)   In 2011, the coalition government started migrating claimants in receipt of Incapacity Benefit (IB) to Employment and Support…

‘Blatantly discriminatory’ PIP criteria cost £3.6bn and 2.5 years of unnecessary suffering for claimants

GMLC volunteer Thomas Wood looks at the origins of PIP, the 2017 amendment that excluded claimants impaired by psychological distress, and the recent legal challenge that found this guidance ‘blatantly discriminatory’. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit that helps with the extra costs of a long-term health condition or disability. An expansion of eligibility for…