Social security



Data protection watchdog questions basis for airport questioning

There is no clear legal basis for social welfare inspectors questioning passengers on certain flights out of Ireland as a blanket policy, the Data Protection Commission (DPC) has warned.

Published 30 July 2020

FLAC challenges legal basis for sanctioning Covid PUP claimants

Legal rights organisation FLAC has challenged the legal basis for sanctioning Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) claimants who travel abroad for holidays.

Published 29 July 2020

Woman succeeds in High Court challenge to definition of 'terminal illness'

A terminally ill woman who was denied fast-track access to certain benefits has succeeded in a High Court challenge to the definition of "terminal illness" in Northern Ireland.

Published 8 July 2020

Woman brings court challenge to legal definition of 'terminal illness'

A woman in Northern Ireland is today challenging the legal definition of "terminal illness" after being refused access to special rules designed to fast-track the award of benefits without the need for assessment.

Published 18 June 2020

Man refused bereavement payments after death of disabled wife to appeal decision

The Court of Appeal in Belfast will tomorrow consider whether the Department for Communities breached human rights law by refusing bereavement payments to a man after his severely disabled wife died in July 2017.

Published 26 May 2020

Man living with severely disabled partner wins Supreme Court case against paying 'bedroom tax'

A man living with his severely disabled partner in a two-bedroom council house should receive full housing benefit because applying the so-called "bedroom tax" breaches his human rights, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.

Published 14 November 2019