Kevin Higgins talks Welfare Reform mitigations on Sunday Politics

Our Head of Policy, Kevin Higgins, spoke with Mark Carruthers on Sunday Politics Northern Ireland about the looming March 2020 mitigations cliff edge.

Last week we sent out a press release warning of the looming crisis of child poverty, hunger and mass evictions caused by end of mitigations for bedroom tax and benefit cap - NI on the brink of 'welfare mitigations' disaster.

This potential impact includes:
  • Bedroom Tax set to hit Northern Ireland from March 2020
  • 34,000 Bedroom Tax households set to lose support totalling £22million
  • Fears of a housing crisis, as thousands and perhaps tens of thousands of tenants find themselves unable to pay their rent, falling into arrears and over the cliff edge of eviction
  • Affected Bedroom Tax households set to lose on average £12.50 per week
  • Benefit Cap set to hit Northern Ireland from March 2020
  • 1,500 Benefit Cap families with children set to loose support totalling £3million
  • Affected Benefit Cap households set to lose on average £47 per week
  • Children in the firing line as all of the households protected from benefit cap are families with children
  • Sick, disabled and carers impacted by March 2020 clif edge
  • Thousands of sick, disabled and their carers set to see their mitigations support prematurely end in March 2020
Our Head of Policy, Kevin Higgins, recently appeared on Sunday Politics Northern Ireland to talk about the end of the mitigations package and how this will impact people across Northern Ireland.