Community Law and Mediation in conjunction with Near FM and Coolock Library organised a free public lecture series on women and 1916, with a focus on social justice. The events took place in Coolock Library on 24th February, 2nd March and 9th March of this year and you can listen to the podcasts here.
Guest blog by Helen Byrne, an intern from UCD, who finishes a month's internship with CLM tomorrow. Thank you, Helen, for all your hard work and the very best of luck in the future! Helen writes about her experience as an intern in CLM's Dublin office.
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.