Financial pressures force South Manchester Law Centre to close

Thursday, September 4th 2014

South Manchester Law Centre took the difficult decision to close on 27th August and has gone into voluntary liquidation.

Based at 584 Stockport Road, Longsight, South Manchester, the Law Centre provided a free expert legal advice service to South Manchester residents for nearly 40 years.

The Law Centre offered specialist legal advice and representation in immigration, asylum and women’s rights. It provided a service for people in South Manchester and collaborated with local firms, charities and other Law Centres nearby to extend its services to more clients and communities.

Sukhdeep Singh, the former Co-ordinator of the Law Centre, said: “The closure of South Manchester Law Centre means that the city of Manchester is now left with no Law Centres. Four years ago there were three Law Centres in Manchester; South Manchester, Wythenshawe and North Manchester. Now there are none.

“This is a direct result of the swathe of legal aid cuts combined with cuts to national and local government funding. The closure of the Law Centre, combined with the recent closure of the Citizens Advice Bureau in Longsight, means that there is nowhere for those most in need to get advice.”

Julie Bishop, Director of the Law Centres Network, commented: “For over 40 years South Manchester Law Centre was a vital resource for disadvantaged people, offering them free and independent legal advice. It was based where it was needed most, in the heart of the district of Longsight, one of the most deprived areas in Manchester. Its closure is a sad loss to the Law Centres movement and to the people of South Manchester.”

The Law Centre has contacted its clients to advise them on the referral of their case to other agencies.

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