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Mind the Gap with Sue James: Access to Justice in the North West

May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A public meeting with Sue James of the Legal Action Group to discuss how to ensure communities in the North West have access to justice.

Speakers invited:

  • Sue James, head of the Legal Action Group, on the current situation with access to justice
  • Greater Manchester Law Centre on free advice and representation in the North West
  • Afzal Khan MP, Shadow Minister for Legal Aid (TBC)
  • Speaker on Long Covid and the gap in legal rights (TBC)

Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) invites you to join this a public meeting to discuss how to support individuals and communities across Greater Manchester and the North West to access legal advice to overcome the issues they face in their day-to-day lives.

As the pandemic unwinds, people are faced with long-standing issues that in many cases have been compounded by the economic and social impact of the last two years. Advice agencies are seeing issues of rent arrears and evictions, family breakdown, insecure employment, long-term health issues arising from long-covid and a justice system that is buckling under the pressure. This is without the impact of the rise in the cost of living, benefit cuts and the reduction in community support available as Covid response funds reduce.

People will need to ensure they can enforce their rights to protect their jobs, families, homes and incomes. Access to justice in the North West is haphazard a best and is dependent on over-stretched community advice agencies, a fractured pro-bono network and a broken legal aid system.

It is not all doom and gloom: the community response to the pandemic showed how when people come together they can develop new networks and support systems to support the most vulnerable. We are keen to build on the outreach, community support and remote working models developed and link this to face-to-face and community based advice to expand access to justice.

GMLC and Citizens Advice North Lancashire have supported over 6,000 individuals in the court system in the past year or so, and will present their findings on these cases and how to work together to ensure free access of justice to all.

Register here


May 19
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Thompsons Solicitors
55 King Street
Manchester, M2 4LQ
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