Community Law & Mediation today published its Report on The Legal Implications and Lived Experiences of the Caravan Loan Scheme. The Report finds that only 13 local authorities currently offer the Caravan Loan Scheme and that the caravans provided often make unsafe year-round homes for high-occupancy Traveller households. We recommend that the Caravan Loan Scheme be expanded and revised to include increased financial support, better account taken of family size and measures to ensure a better standard of caravan can be purchased. Rental Scheme and Rent to Buy options should be provided.
The Land and Conveyancing Law Reform (Amendment) Act 2019 will provide increased protection for borrowers defending repossession proceedings involving their home. This Act is new so it is still unclear what its effects will be. Click here to find out more about this new legislation.
CLM are delighted to launch our new guide for people accessing social housing, please click here to view the full leaflet.
Please click here to view CLM's Impact report 2013 - 2017
CLM have launched their Strategic Plan 2019 - 2023
CLM has published an FAQ on The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018, which was signed into law on Christmas Day 2018 and came into force on 4th March 2019. The legislation aims to address the challenges caused by the increased casualisation of work and to strengthen the regulation of precarious employment, particularly zero hour contracts.
Download the guide here.
Download the Nursing Home Support Scheme booklet below
Community Law and Mediation (CLM) today publishes new guides to raise awareness of equality procedures and how to take a case to the Workplace Relations Commission
Community Law and Mediation Limerick has recently published the Children in voluntary care - information for parents and guardians leaflet. Download the leaflet here.
On Thursday 15th December 2016 CLM Limerick launched an information booklet and online guide on Voluntary Care with the support of PILA (Public Interest Law Alliance) and Hewlett Packard. We were delighted to have Dr Carol Coulter in attendance to launch the guide. In her address, Dr Coulter highlighted the lack of transparency and independent oversight in relation to Voluntary Care.
Voluntary Care is when permission is given by a parent for their child to be taken into care. It is different from statutory care, which is where the State, through Tusla, applies to court for an order giving it permission to place a child in care.
Placing a child in voluntary care is a big decision. It is important that parents fully understand what they are agreeing to and how it affects them and their child. This is why CLM Limerick have put together this information booklet to be made available for everybody who would like to know about this very important topic.
Click here our online guide.
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.
Community Law & Mediation, FLAC and the Phoenix Project, with the support of the Citizen’s Information Board, have written a Guide to Possession Proceedings in both the Circuit Court and High Court for those in mortgage arrears facing repossession of their family home. This project was undertaken as a result of the current trend towards increased applications for court ordered possession of family homes in mortgage arrears and against the backdrop of the paucity of legal assistance for borrowers facing such legal proceedings. The aim of the project is to provide easily digestible information for borrowers served with such court proceedings to empower them to make informed decisions and to somewhat address the current power imbalance that exists in favour of lending institutions.
Community Law & Mediation received funding in 2012 from Limerick Regeneration and the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) to establish a community law and mediation service in Limerick.
With the support of the Citizens Information Board, the housing group launched the booklet “Social Housing Rights Explained”. The booklet, a collaboration by the housing group, provides information to tenants, prospective tenants and supporting service providers on housing issues and information on where they can get further support. It also outlines the legal responsibilities of local authorities.