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Social Security

Controversial 2-children limit for Child Tax Credit starts 6 April

From 6 April, people will not be able to claim Child Tax Credit (CTC) for third or subsequent children or qualifying young persons born on or after 6 April 2017.  The change also applies to Universal Credit (UC), which is to be...

Important changes to bereavement benefits

From 6 April, Bereavement Support Payment is being introduced to replace three existing bereavement benefits: Bereavement Payment, Bereavement...

Benefits, pensions, tax credits, Child Benefit and Guardians Allowance rates from April

New benefits and tax credit rates apply from 6 April, see below. Many other changes happening as part of welfare reform Northern Ireland and UK-wide changes. More information in our welfare reform news and information...

Welfare reform: free specialist awareness training at the Law Centre

29 March - 

A guide to Personal Independence Payment

Our Digital Guide to Bringing an Appeal (PIP) is available below.

Welfare Changes Helpline - 0808 802 0020

Worried about how welfare reform affects you? Problems with Personal Independence Payment, Mandatory Reconsideration, how to access supplementary payments, impact of benefit cap on your rental agreement and practical tips on how to...

Resolving tax credit delays for refugee family

Law Centre (NI) helped a couple who had been suffering hardship through unnecessary delays in obtaining Child Tax Credit (CTC). They had been granted refugee status a few days after registering their baby’s birth. They made a joint claim for Child T...

Welfare reform: update on supplementary payments to mitigate 'bedroom tax'

The Housing Benefit (Welfare Supplementary Payment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2017 (SR.No.35/2017) will come into force on 20...

Welfare changes November 16-January 17

Recent changes in Northern Ireland welfare reform: 15 November 16 - New provisions on changes to overpayments and how they can be recovered come into effect 28 November 16...

Strategic Litigation: what does it mean? What is it for?

Last October, the Law Centre held a conference on Litigating for Social Change in partnership with the Social Change Initiative and Atlantic Philanthropies. Ever wondered what Strategic Litigation really is about? Find out more by watching...

Welfare reform news: ESA, Benefit cap, Discretionary Support, benefit freezes and more

Welfare reform changes are gathering speed. See some of the changes below. For regular updates, follow our Welfare Reform News and information pages.

Work with us: Advisers (Welfare Reform)

Advisers (Welfare Reform) 35 hours per week. Based in Belfast Salary £25,440 + pension contribution, fixed term to 31 March 2018 with possibility of extension. These new...

Welfare reform training for frontline advisers

WRAP: empowering welfare rights advisers

Congratulations to advisers from the Foyle area who completed the latest round of our...

Litigating for Social Change - conference - Belfast 19-21 October

WATCH: Strategic Litigation Conference - 

Personal Independence Payment: notes for advisers

Social security and Brexit

A recently published House of Commons research paper outlines the likely impact of the UK leaving the European Union in a number of areas, including...

Litigating for Social Change - conference

Bringing together NGOs, community activists, litigators, academics and funders to reflect on how strategic litigation can transform lives and enable people and communities to realise their rights.

Your Rights in Northern Ireland: a guide for migrants workers

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How we help: resolving complex disablement benefits issue

The Law Centre helped secure the right amount of Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit for a man left incapacited after falling from a roof when working as a...


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