Law Centre NI

Law Centre (NI)

promoting social justice through legal advice,
representation, policy, training and publications

Happy new year.  We hope you had a happy and peaceful holiday.  As well as news on training opportunities and recent developments in our work, we have new publications for you to read.


Click on the links below for:

Social Justice Matters: our annual report 2010

Duty to meet need in times of budget cuts 

Mental capacity and financial matters


Our policy bulletin and Frontline 78 will be on our website next week.


January 2011   

  • IFS report on budget cuts
  • Campaigning for change
  • Ending child detention
  • New year training
  • Holiday pay victory

IFS report: NI hit by tax and benefit changes

Law Centre AGM, Harold Goode, Les Allamby, Ursula O'Hare and Ciaran McAteer present the IFS report

New research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies and commissioned by Law Centre (NI) shows how tax and benefit changes will affect incomes across different parts of the UK.  Northern Ireland is more badly affected than any other region save for London.

The research looks at the changes to tax and benefits announced in the Coalition’s emergency budget and Comprehensive Spending Review and their impact on incomes through to 2014/2015.   Read more

Campaigning for change

Our December AGM brought together Neil Jameson of Citizens UK, Sean Healy of Social Justice Ireland, Avila Kilmurray of the Community Foundation and Bernadette McAliskey of STEP who shared their experiences of local organising and campaigning.

The Attorney General, John Larkin QC, joined the AGM to talk about the Living Law initiative and hand out well deserved certificates to successful candidates  on our WRAP and Tribunal Representation courses.

Read more


Ending child detention

We welcomed the government announcement in December that the immigration detention of children will end by May 2011.  We had called for an immediate end to this practice when its review was announced in June 2010.  We will closely monitor the implementation of this commitment.  Read our response to the June consultation:

Ending the detention of children for immigration purposes

New year training with Law Centre (NI)

Students on Law Centre (NI) Welfare Rights Adviser Programme

Book now.  Limited places available.

90 workers benefit from holiday pay case

The Law Centre tries to ensure that, where possible, its legal work has an impact beyond an individual client.

Recently, we represented a woman in a case of failure to pay holiday pay. The case settled for £3,000 and the employer agreed that, from now on, it would give all staff their statutory minimum entitlement to holiday leave and holiday pay.    Read more