Advice NI has produced the first in a series of Briefing Papers on ‘Move to UC’ which is the UK government’s plan to move ‘legacy’ social security benefit claimants onto Universal Credit by December 2024
Advice NI's Head of Policy has initiated a Parliamentary Petition calling for the Work & Pensions Secretary to restore confidence in the social security benefit overpayment recovery waiver system (where overpayment recovery can be waived or written off on health or welfare grounds).
The last 22 months have been extremely difficult for many families in Northern Ireland so Advice NI’s Benefits services is needed now more than ever. The team have dealt with more than 7,500 enquires since April this year alone.
With sole traders and small businesses struggling due to lower consumer spending, higher rates and other overheads, higher wage costs and the looming Brexit uncertainty, saving may seem like an extravagance that many just cannot afford.