Community Law & Mediation held a roundtable last November on the topic of Rent Supplement and the maximum rent limits, in light of the homelessness crisis and the difficulties for applicants in accessing accommodation within the max rent limits as provided under the relevant statutory provisions. CLM now wishes to highlight the Department of Social Protection’s new Operational Guidelines on Rent Supplement, which emphasise the Department’s new policy approach, allowing for flexibility where landlords seek rents in excess of the limits for both existing and new applicants. The guidelines state that the circumstances of tenants are considered on a case by case basis and rents are being increased above prescribed limits. The Operational Guidelines are available here and should be read in conjunction with the below Circular on Supplemetary Welfare Allowance, issued by the Department on 14th December 2014, which allows a flexible approach to be taken by applying Article 38 of the 2007 Regulations to allow a supplement to be paid in excess of the max rent limits.
Community Law & Mediation is delighted with its award for Best Legal Website 2016, beating off stiff competition from Byrne Wallace, Ernest J. Cantillon Solicitors, Douglas Law Solicitors, Keating Connolly Sellors and LawOnline. All our latest news, publications, guides to different areas of law and clinic information is available on our website. One of the most popular features of our website is Casebase, the only database of Social Welfare Appeals decisions in Ireland, which provides the public and community organisations with free access to decisions of the Social Welfare Appeals Office on cases taken by Community Law and Mediation and other organisations.
Great piece about our Schools Project - a very special collaboration project involving Community Law & Mediation, Dublin City Council, Chanel College Coolock and University College Dublin.
Doras Buí is celebrating 30 years of work in empowering and supporting lone parent families. To mark this occasion Doras Buí are providing 4 courses called Awaken your Chakras, Triple P Positive Parenting, Oil Painting and Operation Transformation. The courses cost €5 and there are also a limited number of free childcare places. These courses are a wonderful opportunity for self-development, positive energy, creative expression and fun. For more information click here.
Community Law & Mediation is delighted to announce the latest series of the very popular Know Your Rights Talks. The talks will take place over the coming months at various locations on the northside of Dublin with guest speakers from the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) and the Bar Council of Ireland.
The Social Welfare Appeals Office does not publish its decisions, apart from a selection of case studies published in its annual report. Community Law and Mediation aims to promote greater transparency in the Social Welfare Appeals system through this Casebase project. By providing a database of decisions, CLM aims to provide greater clarity on the reasons for an Appeals Officer’s decision, and to encourage the Social Welfare Appeals Office to take a consistent approach to cases.
Click here to listen to an audio production on the work of CLM.
Community Law & Mediation will be delivering a series of Free Know Your Rights Talks over the next few weeks. There will be guest speakers from MABs, Northside Citizens Information Service and The Bar Council of Ireland.
We welcome the Strategy Statement of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), launched today. In our contribution to the consultation process, we recommended expansion of the legal aid system and strengthening of socio-economic rights as goals. The Strategy Statement is available here.
We held a roundtable in 2014 on the lack of adequate legal support available to borrowers facing repossession and published a submission recommending a legal service allied to an entity such as MABS or the Legal Aid Board, to provide on-going case assistance as well as advice and representation. We welcome Friday's announcement by Minister Frances Fitzgerald that such a scheme is now in place for people facing losing their homes without access to legal services.
Irish Community Development Law Journal is a peer reviewed online journal, published twice a year by Community Law & Meditation (formerly Northside Community Law & Mediation Centre) in Coolock, Dublin. The journal seeks to offer a platform for interaction that encourages greater scholarly and academic collaboration in the areas of social policy, law and community development, promoting the practice of community economic development law and policy in Ireland and learning about these initiatives in other countries.