Over the past few years successive governments have imposed stinging welfare cuts.  This has left most vulnerable in our community unable to afford the most basic essentials.  At the GMLC we actively campaign for reversing these cuts and fight on behalf of those affected by providing access to free face-to-face legal advice.  On this page you can find all the latest news on our campaigning and services relating to welfare benefits.

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…

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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…

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…

GMPA advice map

Advice in Greater Manchester – comprehensive map thanks to GMPA

Greater Manchester has a fantastic network of hard-working and dedicated organisations providing useful help and advice to those experiencing poverty. However, knowing exactly where to turn to can be challenging. Thanks to the excellent work of our friends at the Greater Manchester Poverty Action (GMPA) finding out how to reach these organisations is now easier than…

‘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…

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The government has created a “hostile environment” for disabled people, new research shows

At the end of June this year, anti-poverty charity Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) published a new report showing how the Government’s harsh policies are preventing disabled and unwell people from getting the disability payments they are entitled to. Mandatory Reconsideration When claimants are wrongly denied benefits after their assessment, they can have decision reviewed by requesting a Mandatory…