‘Justice gap’ is widening due to legal aid cuts and Covid induced deprivation

The ‘justice gap’ is the increasing divide between people who can and cannot afford to pay for legal representation, due to legal aid cuts. With deprivation increasing due to Covid more people face losing their jobs and homes, due to lack of legal counsel.

Greater Manchester Law Centre campaign volunteer Hoejong Jeong explains the legal barriers raised by the state and the pandemic.

Dozens of library jobs at risk in University of Manchester shakeup

The John Rylands Library, a grade I listed neo-gothic landmark and one of Manchester’s most distinctive buildings, is one of many university libraries quietly undergoing a murky cost-cutting restructure which staff fear may cause lay-offs, and exclude families and young children in the pursuit of research funding.

Burnham brands ‘fire and rehire’ practices ‘industrial blackmail’

Andy Burnham met Go North West bosses last week to discuss service disruption.

While careful to distinguish the industrial dispute between GNW and its drivers from other instances of ‘fire and rehire’ practices, the mayor says issuing Section 188 notices to renegotiate workers’ employment contracts is tantamount to ‘industrial blackmail’.

Campaigners call on Greater Manchester councils to rethink their £250m financial aid package for Manchester Airport

Greater Manchester councils agreed to provide a finance package of more than £250m to Manchester Airport Group to alleviate the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the airport.  Open letter signed by eleven organisations asks the Greater Manchester Combined Authority council to reconsider their decision. An open letter addressed to the ten borough councils of […]

‘Community wealth building’ is key to creating stronger local economies post-pandemic, says Manchester based think tank

If we want to own the post-pandemic future we need to concentrate on community wealth building, and embrace the “new Leviathan” state released by the coronavirus crisis, say timely reports released by Manchester based think-do tank the Centre for Local Economic Strategies. The key to creating stronger post-pandemic local economies is ‘community wealth building’ say […]