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.

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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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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…

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The Welfare Benefits Appeal Process – A Client’s Experience

Last week again saw me appearing before the Social Security and Child Support First Tier Tribunal representing a client who had been found fit for work by the Department for Work and Pensions, and was appealing their decision. The case, for me, was a perfect example of the frequent illogical and ill-founded decisions of the…

Three Thank You messages for GMLC

PIP Claim Victory Sue* applied for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), as she has severe mobility difficulties. When she came to GMLC, she was receiving insufficient support, because she had not been awarded the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP. Our excellent volunteer caseworker Shaheen Mansoor assisted Sue in submitting a late mandatory reconsideration…

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Were Grenfell Tower residents denied access to justice?

[Please note corrections to paragraph 2 and 3, 24th August 2017] By Eimear McCartan and Sam Blewitt, Campaign Volunteers at the Greater Manchester Law Centre. On Wednesday 14th June, a housing block engulfed in flames and blackened by charred bricks became a flaming beacon for social injustice. One of the many questions in need of urgent…