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Food Banks

​The Growth of Food Banks in Northern Ireland

In 2013, advisers from the independent advice network reported seeing increasing numbers of people seeking advice who were in a critical financial situation, where there was no immediate support available from the social security or tax credit systems.

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Upcoming Training

  • Challenging Decisions and Welfare Reform

    18 August 2016 - 14:00

    This session will look at how decisions are made , what mandatory reconsideration is and what direct lodgement means for a client’s rights to appeal. It will explain the new process for challenging a case and the financial considerations of this for benefits like ESA or JSA.
  • PIP: What You Need to Know About the New Form and Medical Assessment

    22 August 2016 - 10:30

    PIP Fresh Claims began on June 20th 2016. This practical session will advise you on best practice in form completion and how to advise your clients in preparation for the medical assessment.
  • An Overview of Welfare Reform and the Mitigations Package

    24 August 2016 - 09:30

    This half day training course provides participants with a dynamic overview of the changes initiated by welfare reform and the mitigations tabled by the Welfare Reform Mitigations Working Group (January 2016). It covers reforms to benefits for children, working age and older people, including means...
  • Good Practice: Providing High Quality Debt Advice (G)

    06 September 2016 - 09:30

    This course is designed for advisers dealing with debt at all levels, who want to provide a high quality, effective and measurable debt advice service. It provides an opportunity to explore key factors to promote good practice in dealing with debt cases which includes; cases management, referrals...
  • Understanding Welfare Reform Sanctions

    07 September 2016 - 10:30

    This session will explain how individuals will have certain obligations placed upon them to successfully maintain their claim to benefits and the impact of sanctions on those deemed not to have carried out these actions.
  • Question Time Session: Welfare Reform & Disability Benefits

    08 September 2016 - 10:00

    Have your questions on Welfare Reform answered by our experts. We will conduct specific Question Time sessions lasting 2 hours and strictly limited to 12 places per session. Once booked, we will contact you to find out that one burning question you have about Welfare Reform. Our experts will...

Latest News

  • 21 Years in the Independent Advice Sector!

    28 June 2016 - 16:27

    Advice NI’s CEO, Bob Stronge, Looks Back at 21 Years in the Independent Advice Sector
  • Work with Us

    10 June 2016 - 16:29

    Advice NI is currently seeking applications for a Tax & Benefits Adviser.  The postholder will work as part of a small team, providing Tax...
  • Funding Focus June 2016

    10 June 2016 - 14:26

    Funding remains very difficult in these economically stringent times but it is important to focus on funding opportunities to help your organisation both...

About Advice NI

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