Legal & Welfare
Legal Advice Workshop
The Free Legal Workshop is for families using our Supplementary School. A fully qualified lawyer, Nicole Soi, delivers legal advice in the Centre. Nicole speaks Hakka, Cantonese and Mandarin. Getting advice and information as early as possible is very important to stop a problem from worsening.
In recent years, the number of Chinese people immigrating to Britain is gradually increasing, with many of the new immigrants having no English language or skills. Many of them are facing difficulties of a new life in the UK. MCC has pointed out the various issues facing these immigrants to different levels of the British government departments, with the aim to help in the fight for opportunities for the Chinese community. In support of the government’s work, MCC run a service, the COMMUNITY SIGNPOST INFO, that provides welfare and legal advice BY PHONE. MCC aim to make a difference by providing advice which can assist with relieving poverty, also covering benefits, citizenships, housing, homelessness, consumer rights, employment issues, debt, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION and relevant news for the Chinese community.
Universal Credit Support Workshop
At MCC, we teach young volunteers about the Universal Credit and how to calculate benefits. So the young volunteers will use their bilingual language skills to help the Chinese community to understand Universal Credit which is replacing the following benefits and tax credits:
- Child Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Working Tax Credit
We encourage the Chinese community to check their welfare and use the independent benefits calculator to see if they would be better off with Universal Credit. The workshop provides an opportunity for the young volunteers to use their bilingual language skills to help the Chinese community and to liaise with the local benefits advisor about their rights through Advice Local.