Greater Manchester Law Centre have produced a Covid-19 Survival Guide.

Greater Manchester Law Centre has developed a survival kit to support residents and front-line organisations assisting people through the current public health crisis. You can download a pdf copy here.

• The GMLC Survival Kit includes comprehensive information to help people protect things such as their homes and jobs, explaining people’s rights and clear ways to enforce them. They will be regularly updating this guide through their website.

To ensure you are up to date with changes as and when they occur you can access the live version here – https://www.gmlaw.org.uk/covid-19-survival-guide/.

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• They are running a telephone advice service for people wanting advice on housing, employment and benefits issues.

This service is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm.

Please call 0161 769 2244, or alternatively you can send your enquiry via email: housing@gmlaw.org.uk or benefits@gmlaw.org.uk.

If you require any further information please contact at jasontetley@gmlaw.org.uk

North West Thingummy You Know What Group Stuff.

Yeah, essentially there are only so many times in your life you can type North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group or NWMHWRAG and not lose the will to live.

In the background here GMWRAG has people whispering seductively in our ear(s) about adding an extra word/letter to the GMSC but taking 2 letters out in order to make it the NSCG. Now that people is how you do it. They’re probably right too but come on now let’s not forget these things are GMWRAG sub-groups so it should really be the GMWRAG NSCG and the GMWRAG NWMHWRAG. Don’t tempt us or we will insist 🙂

So, yeah, them and.. more stuff.

Firstly, here’s yer minutes. Then here’s, er, stuff.

As if this were not enough joy for one day we must also say that we have been advised that there was some confusion at the last meeting. With a group name like that how could there not be. Oh no, hang on. That wasn’t it.

“There was some confusion about Work Allowances at the meeting.  Speaker Julie Conneely has emailed to clarify:-

To be eligible for a work allowance the claimant (and/or partner) either have

  • Responsibility for a child
  • Limited capability for work

There are two levels

if UCFS includes housing support the work allowance is £287

if UCFS does not include housing support) the work allowance is £503“.

But we knew that didn’t we?!

We will of course be adding the “stuff” to “their” pages as soon as we’ve stopped chortling at our own wit. So, that’s never then?

Oh yeah, and this.

The next meeting of “them” will be on Friday (the – why do we keep having to add in “the” for them?)  27th (of – and “of”) March 2020.

The speaker will be Susan Perry, Team Leader at Disability Services at Chorlton. She will be talking about and taking questions on PIP.

The meeting will be at Greater Manchester Law Centre. More details to follow nearer the time. We think that’ll be the usual don’t wander through the wrong door at the fire station stuff. Nope? Wrong venue. Don’t wander down the middle of the law centre or you’ll be arrested? Something like that? No? Don’t read the letters or they’ll change to N or NWLC? Sigh. Time for a lie down.

The next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group. We’re really sorry but we’re running out of original titles for these posts.

The next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group will take place on Friday the 7th of February 2020.

Please arrive at 9.30am for a prompt start at 10am.

They don’t have a confirmed speaker for this meeting, so it will be an Information Exchange.

Please note change of usual date and venue.

There will be no meeting on the 31st of January 2020. That meeting has moved to the 7th of February 2020.

The meeting will be at Greater Manchester Law Centre at the Jain Centre, 667-669 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester, M12 4QE.

Outmoded forms of transport: The centre is on the A6 between (little) Asda and Crowcroft Park. There is a car park at the centre.

Equally outmoded form of transport: You can get the train to Levenshulme. As you come out of the train station, turn left onto Albert Road, then turn left again at the T-junction with Stockport Road.

The Law Centre is a short walk north (i.e. towards the city centre) on your right shortly after you pass Asda.

Possibly franchised transport: Get on the 192 bus from Piccadilly Gardens. This is on the side of the Gardens as you’re walking towards the railway station. No need to worry about timetables. You’re more likely to be run over by one than miss one. The centre is on left as you head south out of town on the A6, between Crowcroft Park and (little) Asda.

The centre is the smaller of the two buildings. When you arrive you need to press a buzzer and wait for someone to let you in.

Volunteers are needed to chair the meeting and take minutes.

Two events in the next 48 hours.

Tonight – the 19th of April 2018
Sanctions, Support, & Service Leavers: First wave findings event
University of Salford, Media City, 5pm-8.30pm.

The campaigning Dr Lisa Scullion is lead member of this research project.

sign in for tonight’s event via eventbrite

Website for more info:
http://www.welfareconditionality.ac.uk

Tomorrow – the 20th of April 2018 at 18:00pm
Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice:

An event by the Greater Manchester Law Centre with Lord Bach, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon MP, and Young Legal Aid Lawyers Vice-Chair Siobhán Taylor-Ward, and Joe Mensah-Dankwah.

Tickets can be obtained via Eventbrite but please note that there is a charge for this event, which takes place at the University of Law, just off Piccadilly Gardens: 2 New York St, Manchester M1 4HJ.

Everyone welcome: lawyers, campaigners, students, and everyone else interested in access to justice.

GM Law Centre AGM tonight.

The annual general meeting of the Greater Manchester Law Centre steering group* will take place tonight from 6:30pm onwards at the rather wonderful Mechanics Institute at 103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD.

Renowned Human Rights lawyer and GMLC patron, Robert Lizar is the guest speaker and the full agenda can be found on the website.

*Formally this is Greater Manchester Law Centre Steering Committee, until we gain full membership of the Law Centres Network (they have had “observer status” since the LCN’s AGM in January 2016).

Please accept our apologies for the lateness but we can only print what we know. As soon as we knew, we printed.