Social Welfare Law

Social welfare law defines the duties and rights of organisations and individuals within a modern welfare state. It refers to the areas of civil law which can cause difficulties for people on low-incomes, who are, in general, disadvantaged.

Social welfare law encompasses many other areas of law. Some of the main aspects covered by the law include: community care, debts, discrimination, education, employment, health, housing, immigration and welfare benefits.

Fraudulently claiming benefits, or not stating if you have been overpaid benefits, are two areas of welfare benefits which are regulated to ensure that people are not wrongfully receiving financial aid. For debt issues, the social welfare law deals with aspects such as bankruptcy, credit card debts, and the repossession of property. Examples of education issues include bullying, special needs requirements, or wanting to take a certain grievance to the higher authorities.

It can be quite common for legal issues within this area to be funded by legal aid, in order to help ease the burden of those who face financial difficulties. The Citizens Advice Bureau can provide help to those who meet the conditions/requirements to receive free aid. This mainly consists of proving that you face a serious case, and cannot afford to pay the legal costs of it.