CLM and FLAC have published 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.
The Social Welfare Appeals System: Accessible & Fair? Report was commissioned by Community Law & Mediation, formerly Northside Community Law Centre) in 2005. In 2003 we received funding from the Combat Poverty Agency to carry out a review of the accessibility, effectiveness, independence and fairness of the social welfare appeals system. This report is the result of this task. It recommends changes to increase access for appellants to independent information, advice and representation and to make the system more accessible, particularly for the most vulnerable.