Welfare Reform Myths

Over the last number of years we have seen much of the media demonising benefit claimants. Television programmes such as Channel 4’s ‘Benefit Street’ have fuelled the debate around welfare benefits. A lot of the discussions have been based on emotion and not fact. Advice NI is eager to challenge the myths and misconceptions around welfare and social security.

As part of our Civic Activism Project we want to give you a voice. Below are a number of myths and misconceptions on benefit claimants that have been busted using reliable evidence.

Please feel free to continue the discussion and ask questions by tweeting @AdviceNI and using the #CivicActivismNI and #WelfarereformNI hash tags.

All information will remain anonymous, collated and will be treated as evidence for our Civic Activism Project which aims to capture the impact of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland.

  • It is only the unemployed or sick that will be affected by welfare reform

  • UK out-of-work benefits are too generous and accommodate lavish lifestyles.

  • The Social Security System is rife with fraud

  • Work guarantees a route out of poverty

  • The bulk of Social Security Benefit spending is on the unemployed