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Social Security

Welfare reform: update on supplementary payments to mitigate 'bedroom tax'

The Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (SR.No.35/2017) will come into force on 20...

Welfare changes November 16-January 17

Recent changes in Northern Ireland welfare reform: 15 November 16 - New provisions on changes to overpayments and how they can be recovered come into effect 28 November 16...

Strategic Litigation: what does it mean? What is it for?

Last October, the Law Centre held a conference on Litigating for Social Change in partnership with the Social Change Initiative and Atlantic Philanthropies. Ever wondered what Strategic Litigation really is about? Find out more by watching...

Welfare reform news: ESA, Benefit cap, Discretionary Support, benefit freezes and more

Welfare reform changes are gathering speed. See some of the changes below. For regular updates, follow our Welfare Reform News and information pages.

Work with us: Advisers (Welfare Reform)

Advisers (Welfare Reform) 35 hours per week. Based in Belfast Salary £25,440 + pension contribution, fixed term to 31 March 2018 with possibility of extension. These new...

Welfare reform training for frontline advisers

WRAP: empowering welfare rights advisers

Congratulations to advisers from the Foyle area who completed the latest round of our...

Litigating for Social Change - conference - Belfast 19-21 October

WATCH: Strategic Litigation Conference - 

Personal Independence Payment: notes for advisers

Social security and Brexit

A recently published House of Commons research paper outlines the likely impact of the UK leaving the European Union in a number of areas, including...

Litigating for Social Change - conference

Bringing together NGOs, community activists, litigators, academics and funders to reflect on how strategic litigation can transform lives and enable people and communities to realise their rights.

Your Rights in Northern Ireland: a guide for migrants workers

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How we help: resolving complex disablement benefits issue

The Law Centre helped secure the right amount of Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit for a man left incapacited after falling from a roof when working as a...

Law Centre adviser explains PIP changes on BBC On Your Behalf

Welfare reform training at the Law Centre

We have limited places left on three courses to bring you up to date with welfare reform...

McGuinness launches guide for Syrian VPR refugees

On Monday 18 July, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA launched a guide on the rights and responsibilities of Syrian VPR refugees in Northern Ireland. 

Our response on a generally positive Programme for Government

The Law Centre commends the Executive Office on the aims of its draft Programme for Government.

How we help: resolving benefit problems for young mother

Law Centre (NI) resolved a benefits issue for a Portuguese worker who suffered financial hardship through the late stages of pregnancy and the arrival of her child. She had been living...

Learn more about Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment came into force on 20 June 2016. 

Universal Credit to start in Northern Ireland in 2017

New Regulations on the introduction of Universal Credit, published on 6 June, complement Part 1 of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 (


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