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Social Security

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...

Benefit and tax credit rates 2015-16 now on our website

For an up-to-date list of benefits and tax credits rates which apply in Northern Ireland from April, visit our Encyclopedia of Rights:

Law Centre (NI) views on the future of Civil Legal Aid in Northern Ireland

The Law Centre has responded to the Department of Justice consultation on Civil Legal Aid. Our preferred position is that DoJ does not remove employment, immigration or social security from the scope of civil legal aid.

Advice agencies welcome Mervyn Storey engaging with the sector on welfare reform

Northern Ireland Advice Services Consortium welcomes DSD Minister Storey’s commitment to engage on funding discussions with the voluntary advice sector during the implementation phase of welfare reform. The Northern Ireland...

Universal Credit - one day courses for advisers

As welfare reform makes its way through the Assembly, advisers will want to be ready for the introduction of new benefits.

Transferring ESA claims when moving to another EU country

Important legal success for people entitled to Employment and Support Allowance moving to another EU jurisdiction – of particular interest to advisers who work near the border with the Republic of Ireland. Law Centre (NI)...

£2,000 damages over disabled access problems at Work Capability Assessment centre

ALERTING ADVISERS: People who had to travel to alternative assessment centres in the last six months due to lack of disabled access at Royston House can take an action for damages for breach of the Disability Discrimination Act in the...

Civil service injury award and Incapacity Benefit: alerting advisers

The Law Centre 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...

New crisis fund for migrants

Law Centre (NI) welcomes the decision by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister to implement a Crisis Fund for destitute asylum seekers and migrants, launched on 4 February at the office of the Northern Ireland Community of...

Also labelled: Community Care, Immigration

Changes to residence rules for claiming benefits - updated briefing

We have just updated our popular briefing explaining the timeline of changes to habitual residence and residence requirements for claiming benefits, which affect both migrants and UK nationals. This was originally published in August 2014...

e-news January 15

With: a message from Glenn Jordan, our new Director social justice lecture invitation: Why Fight...

Benefits and residence rules: client helped out of destitution

“My adviser reached 100% goals. I was left on my own for over two months. No one would help me. The Law Centre was...

Social justice in Action: Law Centre impact report 2014

Find out how we made a difference in 2014.

The future of advice

Roger Smith spoke on the future of advice in the digital age at the Law Centre's AGM in November.

Transferring ESA claims from GB to Northern Ireland

Extra statutory scheme entitles people to transfer their claims between GB and NI without going through WCA again

Law Centre (NI) AGM and seminar 2014

Welfare reform conference update

Welfare Reform: the reality

A date for your diary The Northern Ireland Advice Services Consortium and NICVA will host a half day conference...

Successful representations for client with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Legal Support Project and social security lawyers work hand in hand in successful ESA/DLA case People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can experience great difficulties with benefit claims.


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