MLRC has held a a series of six comprehensive training workshops in Social Welfare Law, delivered by Professor Gerry Whyte, Associate Professor, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin.
We would like to extend our great appreciation to Professor Whyte and thank him for sharing his expertise, time and energy.
The workshops were held over three weeks in April at our offices at Sophia Housing, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8. Twenty people attended from several organisations including Crosscare, Dublin Simon Community, Ruhama, Life Pregnancy Care, Saoirse Women’s Refuge, Merchants Quay Ireland, Clondalkin CIC and Liberties CIC, Threshold, the Legal Aid Board, IHREC and FLAC. Feedback from participants included:
‘Professor Whyte is a terrific lecturer. Thank you!’
All participants noted it would make a difference and improvement to the way they do their job. The training provided a detailed overview of social welfare law and will benefit participants in the work with their clients in terms of advocacy on social welfare law issues.
The topics covered included:
- Sources of social welfare law
- Claims and appeals
- Social Insurance
- Social Assistance
- Rates of payment
- Supplementary Welfare Allowance
- Unemployment and low pay
- Illness, incapacity and caring
- Family payments
- The elderly and survivors
MLRC hopes to be in a position to host another similar series on Social Welfare Law next year and any interested organisations or individuals should please register their interest to Shauna Curran at Mercy Law Resource Centre on 01 4537459 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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