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Transforming Your Care – the RICC Seminar Series

Rights in Community Care will hold the first of a new series of seminars on 'Transforming Your Care' on Friday 6 September, 10.15 to 12.20, at Disability Action, Portside Business Park, 189 Airport Road West, Belfast.

Rights in Community Care Group (RICC) is an umbrella group of organisations including Law Centre (NI), Carers Northern Ireland, Age NI, UNISON, Disability Action and Alzheimer's Society.

The first seminar will explore how equality and human rights are translated into care and service delivery.

The aim is to stimulate debate with key stakeholders about how equality and human rights are translated into care and service delivery against the emphasis in Transforming Your Care program on the personalisation of care, placing the individual at the centre, integrated care, improved communication between services and a joined up approach in care provision.

To confirm attendance, you can complete the booking form and return by post, email or phone not later than Friday 30 August to Michelle McCoy at Disability Action.


August e-News from the Law Centre

Read about our lrecent activities, courses to come, casework success and progress of our policy work in our August eNewsletter


How we select our cases

Find our how we select our cases:

Strategic case selection policy

Legal Support Project case selection policy


Policy and casework news

The Law Centre's latest Policy and Casework bulletins are online now. Read them here:

Policy Bulletin July 2013

Casework Bulletin 2013 No 1


Access to healthcare for migrants

An essential briefing for advisers and health service staff in Northern Ireland on the legal position on the rights of migrant workers to hospital and GP services:

Law Centre (NI) community care information briefing 29: access to health for migrants

Can be read in conjunction with our policy briefing on how services could be improved:

Migrants and healthcare June 2013


Legal Support Project vacancies

The Law Centre's Legal Support Project provides free representation to those who do not have access to representation in employment and social security appeal tribunals. It trains and supports volunteers to undertake this representation.

If you are interested in working with the Legal Support Project, please visit the Work With Us page for more information and a downloadable application form.

The Legal Support Project is also looking for a volunteer to assist with the organisation of a major law conference that is due to take place in November 2013. The placement will commence towards the end of August 2013 and will be for a period of 3 months. Details are also available on the  Work With Us page.


The cost of child poverty in NI: CPAG report

CPAG publishes cost of child poverty across Northern Ireland

Local Authorities and Child Poverty: Balancing Threats and Opportunities, CPAG 2013 (PDF)

Child poverty costs broken down by Northern Ireland constituency (Excel sheet)


Read more: The cost of child poverty in NI: CPAG report


DSD calls for evidence on WCA

The Department for Social Development has commissioned Dr Paul Litchfield, a senior occupational physician, to undertake the fourth Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), as required by section 10 of the Welfare Reform Act (Northern Ireland) 2007.

As part of the review, the Department has sent out a call for evidence 'aimed at individuals and organisations who have information that is relevant to how the Work Capability Assessment is operating and what further changes, if any, are needed to improve the process.'

For more information or to respond: http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/work-capability-assessment-yr4.htm 


Frontline 88 is out

With a focus on mental capacity legislation; articles on welfare reform, gender equality, refugee week events, Northern Ireland Advice Services Consortium's new publication on Why Advice Matters and more.


Read more: Frontline 88 is out


July eNews

New courses and publications, Northern Ireland Advice Services Consortium launches 'Why Advice Matters', Refugee Week events at the Law Centre, casework sucess,

Read all about it: July eNewsletter.


Immigration volunteer wanted

The Law Centre is seeking expressions of interest in a volunteer placement within the Immigration unit. 

Ideally the volunteer will be a graduate in law, will have excellent research and written communication skills and be able to demonstrate experience in and/ or knowledge of immigration law.  

If interested please reply in writing to Buster Cox by 2 August 2013, setting out why you are interested in volunteering with the Law Centre, how you meet the requirements of this placement and indicating clearly the dates of your availability.

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Postal address: Buster Cox, Law Centre (NI), 124 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2GY


Why advice matters

Northern Ireland Advice Services Consortium launches Why Advice Matters

Advice critical to help people cope with welfare changes say leading advice agencies


Read more: Why advice matters


Immigration Legal Adviser vacancy

Legal Adviser (Immigration) [Secondment cover]

Law Centre (NI) is seeking candidates who are a solicitor or a barrister, with at least one year’s experience of providing legal advice, casework and/or representation in immigration law. This is a temporary post until 31 March 2015 with a possibility of extension for a further temporary period.

Reference number: LA-IMM 04-13, 17.5 hours per week - based in Belfast

Salary: £33,661 - £35,430 NJC Points 40 – 42 pro rata

The salary for the position starts at point 40 pro rata

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 10 July 2013 at 12.00 noon

Interviews will be held on Monday 29 July 2013

For more details and an application form visit the Work With Us page.


Immigration law and people trafficking

Klara Skrivankova

A training day with Klara Skrivankova of Anti-Slavery International, 28 June 2013, Law Centre (NI) Belfast.


Read more: Immigration law and people trafficking


Training at Advice NI

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Advice NI have issued their training calendar for July to December:

Download calendar

For more information call Michelle McGreevy on 028 90645919 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Human rights guide launched

Michael O’Flaherty, Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Virginia McVeigh, Director of the Commission, Les Allamby, Director Law Centre (NI) and Jonathan Simpsonh

Law Centre (NI) has launched the 4th edition of Rights in Progress: A guide to the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act.


Read more: Human rights guide launched


NIJAC seeks fee paid legal members for social security appeal tribunals

An opportunity to serve as fee paid legal member of the Appeal Tribunals who deal with social security decisions/appeals.

Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission is seeking to recruit up to 30 fee paid legal members (solicitors or barristers, no eligibility restrictions in terms of years of qualification or call).

Details here: http://www.nijac.gov.uk/index/what-we-do/news/appeal_tribunals_legal.htm

Deadline for applications is 1 July.


June e-newsletter: read all about it

Our June e-newsletter is now online, with invitations to Law Centre events, new training courses,case details, our Business Plan 2013-2014 and more:

Law Centre (NI) e-newsletter June 2013

Feedback welcome.  To receive our monthly e-newsletter, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Read past issues here.


Training Programme 2013-2014

Training WRAP 3013

The new Law Centre Training Programme is now available.  Some of our courses can now be booked together to save 20%.


Read more: Training Programme 2013-2014


Help us celebrate Refugee Week!

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Join Law Centre (NI) as we celebrate Refugee Week 2013 with a discussion of groundbreaking cases in refugee law


Read more: Help us celebrate Refugee Week!


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