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Welcome to our March newsletter.

From 1 May 2011, migrant workers from A8 countries will have the same rights as EEA nationals.  Read about it in our briefing:

Social services duties to provide accommodation and other services - revised February 2011

Download our Benefit & Tax Credit Rates Chart 2011-12

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March 2011   

  • Welfare Reform Bill
  • Access to Justice
  • Brush up on your skills
  • Assessment of need seminar
  • Incapacity and the right to reside

Welfare Reform Bill introduced at Westminster

The Welfare Reform Bill was published on 17 February. It will pave the way for the introduction of a new benefit – Universal Credit – to replace a range of existing benefits.

The Bill follows the government’s White Paper, Universal Credit, Welfare that Works

Read the Law Centre’s response to the White Paper here.

Access to Justice

Consultation ended last month on the Access to Justice Review.  The review covers areas of civil legal aid that impacts on the work of many of our members and explores a range of options for delivering legal services.

Read our response here


Brush up on your skills

23 March Benefits for Carers Belfast

30 March Benefits for Carers Derry

6 and 7 April Introduction to Employment Law Belfast

13 and 14 April Introduction to Employment Law Derry

Law Centre (NI) courses count towards CPD requirements for solicitors and barristers and are linked to National Occupational Standards.

Assessment of need seminar

Rights in Community Care is holding the third seminar in its series on A Vision for Community Care on Friday 11 March from 10.30 to 12.30, at Law Centre (NI), Belfast.

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To book a place, contact: by 4 March

Incapacity and the right to reside

The Law Centre recently won a case for a Lithuanian woman on Incapacity Benefit who had lost her Income Support top up because the Department had wrongly applied European law on the right of residence. We would be very interested in hearing about similar cases where the right to reside rules may have been wrongly applied.

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