The INOU are recognised as experts in the field of Welfare Rights and Welfare to Work information provision. We provide Welfare Rights information and advocacy services to
- individual unemployed people
- people in receipt of Social Welfare payments
- individuals, organisations and groups working with people facing social exclusion.
The aim of our service is to ensure that unemployed people, and those in receipt of Social Welfare payments seeking to return to employment, have access to comprehensive Welfare Rights information and advocacy services, directly from the INOU or through our network of Welfare Rights providing affiliates around the country.
As part of our service we provide:
- information supports by telephone and e-mail
- direct advocacy services for individuals when dealing with the Department of Social Protection
- assistance in preparing Social Welfare Appeals
- representation at Social Welfare Appeal hearings (subject to availability)
- referrals to local INOU Affiliate organisations
- referrals to other organisations and groups
Our service is:
- Free - there is no charge or cost involved in using our Information and Advocacy Services, including preparing appeals and representation at Social Welfare Appeals
- Confidential - we treat your personal information in the strictest confidence and will not disclose any personal information to any individual or organisation without your express permission and approval
- Impartial - we treat all people and groups equally and equitably
We can provide information and assistance with issues such as;
- Jobseeker's Payments
- Back to Work Supports
- Education and Training options
- Rent Supplement / Mortgage Interest Supplement
- Medical Card / GP Visit Card
- Social Welfare Reviews and Appeals
- And other general welfare issues
You can speak, in complete confidence, to an Information Officer in the Information and Advocacy section directly at 01 - 856 0088 , Monday - Friday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.
You can send your query directly to us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome applications for membership from individual unemployed people. Benefits of membership include:
- A FREE copy of the comprehensive welfare rights, training, education and jobseeking publication, Working for Work
- Access to the INOU's FREE , expert, confidential and impartial Welfare Rights Information services
- A copy of the INOU's e-mailed newsletter, the E-Bulletin
- An e-mail copy of the latest "Information Update" items as they are published
- An invitation to an introductory meeting in the INOU
- Invitations to meetings with other INOU Individual Members every six weeks to two months
For more information on becoming an individual member - click here .
- INOU Affiliate Organisations
- Redundancy Information
- Department of Social Protection
- Social Welfare Appeals Office
- Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS)
- WorkPlace Relations
- Other Useful Support Sites
If you would like to recieve regular updates and information on issues related to Unemployment, Social Welfare and the INOU please click here to sign-up to recieve an e-mail version of the INOU's Bulletin.
We respect your privacy:
- You will only receive the emails that you permitted upon subscription.
- Your e-mail address will never be shared with any 3rd parties and you will receive only the E-Bulletin.
- You will receive 100% CAN-SPAM compliant e-mails that comply with our strict anti-spam e-mail policy
- You can unsubscribe at any time with a click on the link provided in every E-Bulletin.
Click Here to see the latest edition of the E-Bulletin
Last Updated: 06/10/2016