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Welcome to our February e-newsletter.

Follow these links for:

Policy Bulletin No 9

Casework Bulletin 2011 No 1

We are always grateful for feedback and contributions. Feel free to forward this and other Law Centre electronic communications to interested colleagues. 


February 2011   

  • Frontline 78
  • Learning disability test case
  • Update your skills
  • Universal Credit
  • Sure Start Maternity grant cut

Frontline 78

Read the winter issue of the Law Centre’s quarterly magazine Frontline on our website or order a paper copy from our Publications Unit (£2.95).

Frontline 78 has a special feature on Who pays for the recession? and articles on homelessness appeals and rights in community care.

Read Frontline 78 here

Important learning disability test case

On 10 January, Law Centre (NI) got leave to bring judicial review proceedings in the High Court to challenge the delayed discharge of patients from Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Antrim.

This is an important test case to establish the duties owed by the Department of Health and the Trust to resettle people with a learning disability in the community.

The Law Centre is acting on behalf of clients who have been deemed fit for discharge and resettlement in the community but who have been waiting several years for a home in the community. 

Read more


Update your skills with Law Centre (NI)

8 and 9 February

Introduction to Employment Law - Belfast

16 February

Social Security Appeals: Identifying Errors of Law

16 February – half day

Legal Research Skills for Advisers – Western Area  

25 February – half day

Legal Research Skills for Advisers - Belfast

8 and 9 March

Introduction to Employment Law  - Western Area


Universal Credit

The government is planning to reform and simplify the benefit system by introducing a new Universal Credit.

The Law Centre and the Welfare Reform Group  made submissions to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee and the Department for Social Development on the proposals.

The responses highlight the need to examine how Universal Credit will impact on vulnerable groups in Northern Ireland.

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Sure Start Maternity Grant cut to go ahead

The government has decided to press ahead with its plans to limit payment of the Sure Start Maternity Grant to families where a new baby is the only child under sixteen in the household.

The Law Centre and Gingerbread NI argued that cutting the grant would cause real hardship for families and flies in the face of the government's commitment to end child poverty.

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