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Greater Manchester Law Centre

The Greater Manchester Law centre provides much needed legal advice and support to vulnerable people across Manchester. A dedicated team of volunteers, under the guidance of a solicitor, have assisted over 200 clients with benefit applications and appeals, as well as signposting or providing other advice to many more.

We Love MCR Charity have supported the Law Centre to purchase much needed equipment and recruit and train volunteers, enabling them to continue their vital work. 

Meet John*

John is 63 and has a heart condition. He failed a Work Capability Assessment and was found fit for work in August 2016. He came to the Law Centre for help with his appeal. He had not claimed any benefits in the interim and the Law Centre advised him that he could reclaim the basic rate of benefits whilst he waited for his appeal hearing – he had rent arrears and was living off credit from his local corner shop.

He attended an appeal in February 2017 represented by the Law Centre. Supporting evidence was obtained from a specialist nurse at his local hospital who knew his condition well and the severity of his condition. The tribunal decided that he was not fit for work and placed him into the Support Group on the basis that there was a substantial risk to his health if he were found capable of Work Related Activity. This has made a real difference to John's life and financial situation.

* Names have been changed

Greater Law Centre volunteer