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Social Security

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 (

DLA and PIP: payments time limits removed for under 18s in hospital

From 6 July 2016, the rules for children who enter hospital and who receive DLA (and PIP when it is introduced on 20 June 2016) are changing.   Until 6 July, a child under the age of 16 ceases to receive DLA and PIP after 84 days...

The benefit cap and its mitigation payment apply in NI from today

From 31 May 2016 the benefit cap limits the amount, in total, that claimants can receive in benefit payments each week.  In practice, this should not have an immediate financial impact on claimants as the related supplementary payment also...

New report shows how advice adds value to NI's economy

How do you measure the value of advice? The social impact is demonstrated through case studies showing how advice changes people's lives. The Law Centre's website, enewsletters and impact report are packed with such stories. But advice also...

Welfare reform: new regulations made May-June 2016

New statutory rules were made in May to pave the way for more changes to the benefits system in Northern Ireland. They come into force on 20 June 2016 unless otherwise stated. Read more here.

Mandatory reconsideration goes live in Northern Ireland

From today, 23 May 2016, Mandatory reconsideration is the initial stage that a person must go through in challenging a social security decision made on or after that date.

Changes to social security appeals: join the conversation

Time to Act: refugees and delays with benefits

For a long time now, the voluntary and community sector has been highlighting the problem of newly-recognised refugees facing long delays in receiving their benefits. Delays cause much hardship for refugees and their families and put a considerable...

Also labelled: Immigration

Department for Communities starts awareness campaign on benefit changes

The new Department for Communities (DfC) came into effect on 9...

Welfare reform information session

Coiste na nIarchimí & Tar Isteach are holding an information public meeting in St Mary's College, ...

6 ways Stormont could make things BETTER in the next Assembly

With the NI Assembly 2016 elections fast approaching and the prospect of a new...

Training for advisers on Personal Independence Payment

Places on our one-day Personal Independence Payment course are beginning to fill up. Book your place now for: Derry 13 May

Securing benefit entitlement for asbestosis sufferer

Law Centre (NI) successfully appealed an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit case for a client who suffered from asbestosis as a result of repeated exposure to asbestos during...

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