Working for change

The independent advice network is working to give a voice to people in Northern Ireland who are adversely affected by social policies such as social security, housing and income adequacy.


Welfare Reform

Check out the facts on Welfare Reform

The Myth

The Social Security System is rife with fraud

The Facts

The Social Security Agency pays benefit to those who are entitled and has a responsibility to detect and investigate benefit fraud and customer error. It is estimated that Social Security benefit fraud costs about 0.5% of the Social Security Agency’s total benefit expenditure.

Why this matters

The Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Act was given Royal Assent on 25th November 2015. This provides for significant changes to the benefits system.


Food Poverty

Outside a Food Bank

Food Banks

​The Growth of Food Banks in Northern Ireland

Why this matters

Food banks fulfil a vital role as they help to support people who find themselves or their families without food. Over the last few years particularly as a result of the economic downturn there has been a rapid growth of food banks providing emergency help and assistance to people across Northern Ireland. In order to help understand the rise in reliance of people on emergency food Advice NI has carried out research.

About Advice NI

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