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Social Security

2016-20: help us plan the next phase of our work

The Law Centre is preparing its development plan for 2016-2020.  We would be very grateful if Law Centre members could help us by answering this short survey: 

Law Centre client wins ESA Civil Service Injury Award case

Law Centre (NI) successfully represented a former civil servant who had appealed a decision to reduce her Incapacity Benefit because the Social Security Agency had said her civil service injury award was equivalent to a pension and therefore...

LSP volunteers make a difference

2-6 Nov...

Also labelled: Employment

The future of advice: have your say!

The Department for Social Development has appointed the Strategic Investment Board to undertake a strategic review of advice services. The objective is to “Develop an appropriate model for the support of Generalist Advice services in the...

Why fight poverty? Because we can, and we can win!

Also labelled: Employment, Social Justice

Non EU parents of EU children: claim now to protect your benefit rights

The Law Centre’s social security unit is currently working on behalf of ‘Zambrano’ parents who are not allowed to receive Child Benefit or means-tested benefits under UK rules. As a test case on this issue is due to be heard by the Supreme...

Why fight poverty? Law Centre (NI) social justice lecture with Julia Unwin

Law Centre (NI) social justice lecture The Law Centre will hold its annual Social Justice Lecture on Monday 19 October 2015, 4pm-6pm at the Harbour Office, Corporation Square, Belfast BT1 3AL. The...

See our new training programme

We have an exciting programme of training and professional...

We're hiring: Support Worker to Social Security Legal Adviser

With funding from the Department for Employment & Learning’s Access to Work scheme; we are recruiting a Support Worker to assist a Legal Adviser in our Social Security unit. The post will have a...

August training at the Law Centre

From Lunch & Learn (sandwich provided) to our traditional full day training, we have great courses to suit your needs this month...

Also labelled: Community Care, Mental Health

Want to be an apprentice solicitor at the Law Centre?

Learning from Scottish Welfare Reform Committee

Advisers and ESA staff roundtable at practitioners' meeting

Extra statutory scheme for ESA claimants moving between GB and Northern Ireland

The Law Centre helped secure ESA payments for a man who had had his benefit stopped when he moved to Northern Ireland from England. When he moved to...

Volunteer week: Avi McCabe, Legal Support Project

Avi McCabe has volunteered with the Law...

Also labelled: Employment

Policy briefings: Social security / Welfare reform


Working with member CAB secures swift happy outcome for client

L’Derry Citizens Advice Bureau contacted the Law Centre last December on behalf of a Lithuanian lady who had become destitute when her Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing...

Legal Support Project: call for volunteers

The Legal Support Project (LSP) is seeking new volunteers to undertake representation in social security appeals and industrial tribunals.

Also labelled: Employment

New rules for repeat claims to ESA

Before 30 March 2015, a person who made a repeat claim to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) would automatically be treated as having limited capability for work provided s/he could provide certificate from her/his GP, even if the most recent...

How we help: pregnancy, Income Support and the right to reside

We represented a Europan woman who had been refused Income Support and lost her Housing Benefit in the late stages of pregnancy. As she already had a child who was not yet in school, this had left her...


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