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
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