Community Law & Mediation (CLM) and Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) have launched two guides to the law underpinning the recovery of social welfare overpayments. The guides are aimed at helping people to understand their rights and obligations when a claim is made by the Department of Social Protection for return of money which the Department says has been overpaid.
Read our latest Casebase report concerning a person whose Child Benefit application was turned down on the basis that the child was not ordinarily resident in the State.
Overpaid in social welfare payments? The government will seek you out, reports Christina Finn in the journal.ie.
Kirstin Campbell writes about the problems relating to the recovery of social welfare overpayments in the Irish Times.
The theme for this issue is Education & Rights.
Please note the change of day for the Free Legal Advice Clinic in Tait House, Southill, Limerick this week.
Read our latest issue of the Irish Community Development Law Journal. It explores the theme of the older person in the context of Law, Human Rights and Advocacy.
Ballymun Community Law Centre presents its Social Welfare Law course delivered by Professor Gerry Whyte of Trinity College Dublin Law School. The course begins on 30 June 2015 at 2pm in Ballymun Community Law Centre. Topics covered include family payments, sickness and disability payments as well as social welfare appeals.
Our latest Casebase report is about a person who was issued with a debt recovery notice by the Department of Social Protection in relation to an overpayment of his Blind Pension.
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has published its Concluding Observations on Ireland's compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
Community Law & Mediation is delighted to have been part of a delegation of Irish NGOs, co-ordinated by FLAC, who attended the UN examination of the Irish government’s human rights record with regard to economic social and cultural rights. The examination took place in the Palais Wilson in Geneva. The delegation presented evidence to Committee members on a number of rights areas and issues. The excellent Our Voice, Our Rights report, available to download here, gives a good flavour of the issues examined. The delegation included representatives from FLAC, Threshold, Community Law and Mediation, Atheist Ireland, Justice for Magdalenes Research, Tallaght Trialogue, The Abortion Rights Campaign, The Irish Family Planning Association, the Pro Life Campaign, Pavee Point and the UCD Network for Human Rights. After formal presentations on Monday 8th June, the delegation was granted exclusive access to committee members in an informal session, to answer questions and expand on their earlier submissions.
Celebrating Our 40 Years
This year, Community Law & Mediation is celebrating its 40th year of serving the community. This is a significant milestone and we want to tell the story of our service. Have you been involved? Have you used our services, worked or volunteered for us? We would love to hear from you with your memories, photos and stories. Please contact Ros Palmer.
Our new Casebase report concerns a father of two children who had to wait for over two years to receive his entitlement.
CLM's Jane O' Sullivan has contributed to today's journal.ie article on social security in advance of joining the civil society delegation to Geneva next week. Ireland will be examined by the UN on its compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the civil society delegation will present an alternative report.