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Encyclopedia of Rights 2011-12

The Encyclopedia of Rights 2011/12 is now available from our website (

State Pension Credit victory for Law Centre client

This case concerns the valuation of capital for State Pension Credit purposes, where the former matrimonial home is occupied by the estranged spouse. Our client had separated from his wife 30 years before.  She had continued to live in...

Autumn training at Law Centre (NI)

 Why not enrol now for these Autumn courses now? 06 September  -  ...

Also labelled: Immigration, Mental Health

Planned Housing Benefit cuts for under 35s

We recently responded to a Social Security Advisory Committee request for evidence on the Department for Work and Pensions’ proposals for the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2011. The proposals would change the definition of a...

Frontline 80 online

Frontline 80 is now on line. This is a special issue on housing debt, with articles on helping people keep their homes, the human...

Mobility component of DLA is not exportable

In a judgment issued on 5 May 11, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) decided that the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance is not exportable within the European Union. This decision will disappoint many UK nationals who had been...

Links - Money and debt advice

Beat the Recession Beat the Recession, which was a joint project between Law Centre (NI), Citizens’ Advice and...

Also labelled: Social Justice

Casework selection at Law Centre (NI)

Law Centre (NI) e-newsletter

The Law Centre publishes a monthly e-newsletter.  Follow this link to read past issues.   All members who have email receive a copy...

DLA and adaptations

C93/10-11(DLA) In this DLA appeal a tribunal took into account aids and adaptations which the claimant did not actually have when it was deciding what rate of DLA care she was entitled to. The decision was referred to us...

Law Centre (NI) welcomes end of Worker Registration Scheme

Many migrant workers who have lost employment or whose family circumstances have changed have not been able to rely on a UK social security safety net in recent years. As a result, the Law Centre has dealt with a significant number of cases of...

Also labelled: Immigration, Employment

New website for advisers

Revenuebenefits.org.uk is a new site launched by the Low Incomes Tax...

2011-2012 Training Programme

Law Centre (NI) has published its new Training Programme. Download it here:

ESA case victory

C7/10-11(ESA) This is one of the first ESA appeals to reach Commissioner level in Northern Ireland. Commissioner Mullan allowed the appeal and decided that the appellant, who was represented by Law Centre (NI), did...

New Benefit & Tax Credit rates online

The 2011 Benefit & Tax Credit rates are now available, and can be downloaded as a handy chart using the link below: Benefit & Tax Credits

Also labelled: Community Care

Update your skills

March  and April courses at the Law Centre...

Also labelled: Community Care, Employment

Help with debt and money advice

Beat the Recession was set up by Citizens Advice, Advice NI and the Law Centre to help people...

Also labelled: Employment

Universal Credit DSD Consultation - Welfare Reform Group response

The Welfare Reform Group welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Department for Social Development’s consultation on the White Paper Universal Credit, Welfare that Works. About the Welfare Reform Group The Welfare Reform Group i...

Universal Credit DSD Consultation - Law Centre (NI) response

Introduction The Law Centre welcomes the Government’s stated objective in the White Paper to simplify the benefits system and improve incentives to make work pay. Measures aimed at improving incentives to work are welcome, however, as a...

Sure Start Maternity Grant cut to go ahead

The government has decided to press ahead with...

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