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welfare rights

the legal entitlement to services provided for in SOCIAL POLICY. Welfare rights stand in contrast to those arrangements where GATEKEEPERS have the discretion to determine which people will receive a service and who will be denied. An examination of the British social-security system shows that, historically, both welfare rights and welfare discretion have been promoted at different times. Supporters of welfare rights argue that having legal entitlements is a means of ensuring that claimants are not at the mercy of the subjective value-judgements of the people who have control over welfare resources, such as social-security officers and housing managers. Critics of welfare rights have argued that claimants often do not know their rights and are placed in a demeaning situation by having to find advocates, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau. They also argue that the legal definition of entitlement cannot foresee all the circumstances when a need may arise and this may lead to some needy people being excluded from help when they could have been afforded support in a discretionary system.
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For council tax concerns call the welfare rights team on 01642 526141.
If people want to help return the NHS to the treasure it has been in the past, abolish zero hour contracts, protect our welfare rights and see that we have effective Trade Unions who protect the workforce of this country, then the only way to vote is Labour.
While there is naturally a cost in keeping on the permanent staff, there are very many other volunteers as well as my wife supporting this worthwhile organisation, where their unpaid contributions would be lost if the Welfare Rights Department is a victim of council financial constraints.
A CONTRACT worth Au90,000 over three years to replace Harlow s welfare rights and advice service has been awarded by councillors.
Many welfare rights officers have studied a subject such as social policy or community work to degree level, but this is not essential if you have enough practical experience.
Katie Thomas, the Macmillan welfare rights advisor based at the Princess of Wales Hospital, said: "This service helps to support people at the most difficult time in their lives, helping to reduce any added stress and anxiety brought about by financial worries.
In this scholarly study of the welfare rights movement of the 1967-72, Triece (communication, University of Akron) draws on the official newspaper and other written materials of the National Welfare Rights Organization, along with congressional testimonies given by women receiving welfare, to show how poor black women made claims to knowledge in public forums dominated by white males.
Newcastle Welfare Rights Service is particularly keen to assist those at risk of losing a mortgaged home, losing their tenancy, need help to manage debt and people at risk of engaging with inappropriate financial products.
RNIB Welfare Rights Officer for Gwynedd and Anglesey Ellen Lloyd said: "Sight loss can result in additional expenses.
This, at a time when the need for family law, welfare rights and housing law is at its greatest.
Kapadia, who is set to take over as the Chief Justice of India ( CJI) next month, advocated the reframing of welfare rights of the poor on Saturday.
Over 8,500 Holocaust survivors have contacted a government hotline in recent weeks regarding their social welfare rights and benefits.