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.

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Work & Pensions Committee: PIP & ESA trust deficit fails claimants and the public purse

In November 2017 Greater Manchester Law Centre submitted a contribution to the Work and Pensions Committee, after they put out a call for evidence on the medical assessments for disability benefits PIP and ESA carried out by private contractors Capita, Atos and Maximus. Our submission was part of the evidence of the full report, which…

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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…

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BREAKING: Greater Manchester Law Centre Statement in Parliament

On 18th October, Jim McMahon MP Read from our statement on Universal Credit during the House of Commons debate. We thank him and all MPs speaking out against a welfare system which inflicts further punishment and adversity on vulnerable people. See the video here. Our full statement is below. Our stance was also picked up in…

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Our Statement on Universal Credit: We will not be complicit

On 9th October 2018, we published an updated version of this statement with further comment. Find this statement here. At the Greater Manchester Law Centre, we help people to navigate the existing benefits system. Vulnerable members of our community are struggling to access the support they deserve because of long and intimidating application forms and convoluted tribunal processes. In…

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Keynote speaker for our AGM: Rebekah Carrier and her groundbreaking case

Everyone is welcome at our AGM, Thursday 28th September 2017, 6:30pm at the Mechanics Institute. We now have a facebook event here. Our keynote speaker is Rebekah Carrier, solicitor and director of Hopkin Murray Beskine. She recently hit the headlines when she represented a group of single mothers bringing a successful challenge against the government’s benefit cap, which limits the income…