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.

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…

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UN rapporteur: the devastating relationship between legal aid cuts, poverty and ‘the systematic immiseration of millions’

By Brocho Nemetsky Brocho is a volunteer at the GMLC. She is interested in learning about our rights, and helping others to do the same. She works as a paralegal at Brian Barr Solicitors, and hopes to work as a Barrister.     On 5 November 2018, Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty…

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“As a disabled journalist, I wanted disabled people’s voices to be heard”

At GMLC we strive to amplify the voices of people who come through our door. We are committed to challenging the stigmatisation of benefit claimants as lazy, feckless frauds who need to be sanctioned, threatened, frightened and punished back into work. You can read more in our manifesto here. The article below was originally published…

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…

Greater Manchester Law Centre Manifesto Launch: “Solidarity, not sympathy!”

On Thursday, 11th April, we launched our manifesto at a public event. The event was packed. 150 people were in attendance: students, advisers, lawyers and community groups, old and new friends. The full manifesto can now be downloaded here. Norma Turner, one of GMLC’s founders, chaired the event and speakers included GMLC Patron and human rights lawyer Robert…