Community Law and Mediation welcome the reforms contained in Budget 2016, a pre-election budget, that go some way towards alleviating the disproportionate impact on the vulnerable in our society, such as children, one parent families and low income families. We welcome the increase in the minimum wage and look forward to further action on zero hours or insecure contracts, to address exploitation of those in precarious work. The reforms to eligibility for the one parent family payment and changes to the Family Income Supplement and to some extent, childcare, are to be welcomed as an important step in the right direction. For example, our pre-Budget submission on Children and the Social Welfare Code recommended that lone parent families who transitioned from One Parent Family Payment to Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment will be able to retain more income and that the income disregard be increased from €60 to €90. We welcome the fact that this increase has been introduced, with effect from January. In addition, all earnings above €90 will be assessed at 50% rather than the existing 60%.
A talk on Women's Aid will take place on Monday 19th October 2015 from 1.00pm to 2.00pm in Ballymun Community Law Centre, Unit 1A, Shangan Neighbourhood Centre, Shangan Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9. For more information click here.
Employment Rights Advocacy Course - Level 6
Near Media Co-op is sending out invitations to the conference ‘Radio and TV as learning Resources’ on Saturday November 7th 2015 in the Teachers Club (Club Na Múinteoirí), 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
October Blog - Examining Casebase
Employment Rights Advocacy Course- Level 6
John Healy from Near FM speaks to Jane O’Sullivan, Solicitor and Policy Officer with Community Law and Mediation about a pre-Budget submission on Children and the Social Welfare Code on Near FM’s, Northside Today. To listen to the pdcast click here.
This year, Community Law & Mediation is celebrating its 40th year of serving the community. We are planning an event to mark this significant milestone and to celebrate all that has been achieved as well as look to the future.
September 2015 Blog: Guest Blog - Pre-Budget Submission to the Department of Social Protection on Social Welfare Law and Children
The Law Society Employment & Equality Law Committee in collaboration with Law Society Professional Training, is hosting a seminar to provide practitioners with an update on recent changes to areas of employment law, practice and procedure and other topics of interest. An experienced panel of speakers will be available to answer questions.
Near FM will be running a radio training course for people aged 55+. This course is a QQI Level 3 accredited course in 'Media Expression' and is aimed at people who would like to see a change in their community and want to be part of that change. It's about making radio that matters and giving people a chance to have their say.
Our latest Casebase report relates to the refusal by an Appeals Officer to grant Invalidity Pension.
Read our new Casebase report concerning a man whose Carer's Allowance was discontinued on the basis that his child did not need full time care and attention.
Fatima Aydin has been working with CLM as an intern and has authored our August blog on education rights for students in the direct provision system. We would like to thank Fatima for all her hard work!