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.


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.


Welfare Reform

Check out the facts on Welfare Reform

The Myth

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

The Facts

One aspect of welfare reform is the introduction of universal credit to replace a number of existing benefits (planned to be introduced in 2017)
Universal Credit will replace Working Tax Credit and Housing Benefit which are frequently claimed by low income families or workers.

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.

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