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Law Centre NI provides information to support advisers in their work...

The Social Security hub at Law Centre NI seeks to produce resources to support advisers in their day-to-day work on the advice sector frontline. Resources include our e-bulletin, adviser guides, and resource sheets.

Law Centre NI Social Security Bulletin

Our bi-monthly social security bulletin provides updates on the latest social security legislation and policy. It also provides important updates on Universal Credit, a view of issues that we deal with on the frontline, and a top tip for advisers. Sign up here so that we can email the bulletin directly to your inbox.

Adviser guide: Advice on PIP in Northern Ireland: Law Centre NI Guide for PIP Advisers

This guide is designed to support advisers to provide advice and assistance to those involved with Personal Independence Payment (PIP). It helps advisers quickly identify and understand the relevant criteria involved in an award of PIP.

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Adviser guide: Universal Credit in Northern Ireland: A Law Centre NI Guide for Advisers

This guide aims to ensure advisers have an understanding of the changes brought in by the introduction of Universal Credit (UC) and will be able to advise claimants on entitlement and assist them in making claims.

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Adviser guide: understanding, avoiding and challenging sanctions

The Welfare Reform Support Project Consortium (Law Centre NI, Citizens Advice and Advice NI) presents ‘Understanding, avoiding and challenging sanctions: an adviser guide’. The guide is designed to assist frontline generalist advisers in their work in supporting benefit claimants who are at risk of being sanctioned or who have been sanctioned. A thorough understanding of sanctions will help advisers and their clients better understand, avoid and, where necessary, challenge sanctions.

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Resource sheet: finding legal evidence for social security

This resource sheet provides a starting point for finding legal evidence for the purposes of social security appeals. Please contact the Social Security hub if you require assistance.

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