We empower local people on low incomes to know their rights and defend them. Here are some of their stories.
We’re really grateful to each person who shared their story with us, so that we can share it with you. Most names have been changed.
You can also hear from local people we’ve supported in this clip from the BBC’s The One Show in 2020.
If you’d like to help more people in our communities to get justice, you can. Any gift you can give, and skills you can volunteer, could make a life-changing difference to someone at the most difficult point in their lives.
4 May 2021
If it were not for the services of South West London Law Centres, I would not be able to get my Personal Independence Payment back
‘I was not getting any Personal Independence Payment and I did not understand why it had stopped because I have a long-term health condition. I contacted the Department for Work…
27 April 2021
When my employer tried to make me redundant, the Law Centre intervened and I was put on furlough – having a regular income was an absolute lifeline
‘Last October, out of the blue I was called into a virtual meeting with my boss. It was only when I logged on and saw that the HR manager was…
7 April 2021
‘I’d ended up in a very dark place. I was addicted to alcohol and had been diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder. Alcohol has taken control of my whole life,…
30 March 2021
When I got the news that the money had been paid, I sat on my living room floor and cried with relief
‘My partner and I lived above a pub. She worked behind the bar and the landlord offered me a job in another company he ran. I started my employment and…
4 February 2021
‘I met a guy who seemed incredible – at first, but the relationship turned violent. He would beat me to a pulp and I even had a miscarriage. The abuse…
17 December 2020
‘My landlord was seeking possession of my property and served me with a section 21 notice. I knew about the court duty scheme, so at my court hearing I asked…
15 December 2020
‘I was renting a property with my adult children. When my son’s wife’s work visa came through, the two of them decided to move into their own place, so in…
9 December 2020
‘I’m a young mum with two kids. I’ve been renting my property from the council since I was seventeen but because I suffer from severe depression, sometimes I find it…
25 November 2020
If it wasn’t for the help of the Law Centre, I wouldn’t be in my house today. I was on the verge of losing everything.
‘At the time I ran into problems I was living with my four children, three of whom were adults. They’d become quite controlling of me and stopped paying any contributions…
4 November 2020
‘I had a debt management plan with a commercial company but I was made redundant in January and the six months of freelance work I had lined up was cancelled…
15 October 2020
‘When I first made my asylum application, I was completely unsure of how long the process would take, what it entailed and what the final outcome would be. At that…
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