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Greater Manchester Law Centre’s volunteers recover more than £1m in benefits in two years

The Greater Manchester Law Centre has recovered over one million pounds in benefits for people since opening its doors two years ago. This money has been recovered by its entirely volunteer caseworkers comprising experienced advice workers as well as law students specially trained to provide representation.

The Law Centre is also campaigning for welfare policy reform as well as representing individual people. In February, their submission to the House of Commons’ work and pensions committee on disability benefits assessments featured in the final report focusing on the difficulties posed by hurdles in the assessment process for disabled claimants. In October last year, the Labour MP Jim McMahon quoted the law centre’s statement on Universal Credit during the House of Commons’ debate.

‘Our work has now contributed over one million pounds to the Greater Manchester economy. But crucially, we recognise that these people should not have had to appeal their benefit decisions in the first place, and it is damning that they may never have received their entitlement had it not been for representation provided by the voluntary sector.’
Greater Manchester Law Centre

About Jon Robins

Jon is a journalist and has written about the law and justice for the national papers and specialist press for more than 15 years. Jon is a visiting journalism lecturer at Winchester University, a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln and patron of Hackney Community Law Centre. He has won the Bar Council’s legal reporter of the year award twice (2015 and 2005). Jon is editor and co-founder of LegalVoice

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