Greater Manchester Law Centre has developed the attached guide to support residents and support organisations to assist people through the current health emergency.

This guide was originally in June 2020 during the first coronavirus lockdown to provide basic advice on employment, benefits, housing and debt during the Covid-19 pandemic. The guide was updated in March 2021 to provide updated advice, as many provisions for tenants, claimants and workers have changed.

Click on the buttons below to see the guidance.

If you do not understand the guidance, you can call us to get updated advice on 0161 769 2244 or by emailing

Protect Your Income button (click to activate)
Protect Your Rent Payments button
Protect Your Home button (click to activate)
Protect Yourself From Going Without Essentials button (click to activate)
Protect Your Job button (click to activate)
Protect Yourself from Debt button (click to activate)

Covid-19 vaccination information

See BMELondon’s guidance on Covid vaccines tailored for BME people here.

Doctors of the World and the British Red Cross have also produced Covid vaccine guidance in 31 different languages, available here. Please share with those who would benefit from translated guidance.

Doctors of the World have also produced a briefing for organisations and authorities on how to deliver the vaccine to marginalised groups, including rough sleepers and homeless people, which you can access and share from here.


Zero Covid campaign

GMLC is affiliated to the Zero Covid campaign, which aims to push the government and local authorities to apply a Zero Covid strategy to eliminate the virus and ensure we can return to all aspects of our lives safely. Amongst other things, they are arguing for:

  • effective and widespread vaccination scheme;
  • financial support for isolation so people can afford to stay off work if they need to;
  • safe workplaces;
  • public Test & Trace system.

You can see more recent news and events from the campaign on its website here.

Greater Manchester Law Centre legal services

If you’re experiencing difficulties with your housing, employment or benefits as a result of the pandemic, please use the guidance or Help & Advice pages above, or get in touch with us directly:

  • Phone 0161 769 2244
  • Email

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
New or general enquiries: Monday to Thursday 10am-3pm
Fridays for appointments only

We cannot guarantee that we will be able to help, but if we can’t, we will try to signpost or refer you to a service or organisation that can.

GMLC’s campaigns and news on the Covid-19 crisis

The Justice Gap widens: unemployment and debt during the Covid-19 pandemic

Cover picture: bus workers on strike in April 2021 following their employer Go North West’s decision to use ‘Fire and Rehire’ tactics, laying off workers and then offering them new…

Covid-19 exposes an ongoing welfare crisis

GMLC has been campaigning against cuts to Universal Credit and in favour of an increase to all welfare benefits. We have been collecting photos of what £20 buys for our…

Online injustice during Covid-19

Guest article by author and barrister David Renton. He specialises in housing, discrimination and employment law. He acts for vulnerable tenants in disrepair possession hearings, and for employees, principally in…

Zero Covid Day of Action, 13 March 21: No More Social Murder!

On 13 March 2021, a few of us from the GMLC team took part in Zero Covid campaign’s Day of Action for a Zero Covid strategy. GMLC is affiliated to…