Advice NI has launched a campaign to lobby for action from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of the overpayment recovery waiver system.
Welcome to the first in a series of Advice NI Social Policy Briefing Papers focussing on ‘Move to Universal Credit’. The aim of the series is to clarify the issues relating to Northern Ireland and above all to put benefit claimants at the heart of the process.
The primary purpose of this briefing is to address entitlement to the Universal Credit childcare element, with specific reference to issues relating to recent changes to the definition of ‘relevant’ (i.e. qualifying) childcare. However, the briefing will also address other sources of support with the costs of childcare for low income families, as well as considering how the relative value of the support available might impact better-off calculations for those claimants.
Health assessments for benefits including Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
Our Debt Advice services are beginning to see a steady increase in demand, as we have already dealt with 34.5% more clients in 2021/2022 than during the same period for 2020/211. We envisage this trend will continue to rise in 2022 and remain high during 2023 and 2024.
Our Strategic Plan sets out the themes, objectives and outcomes of our work.
In light of an expected increase in queries in this area and the swiftly developing policy environment, we present a number of links to useful information sources covering the help available to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
In light of an increase in enquiries in this area from clients, we wanted to draw attention to an aspect of the benefit management system that is not well understood: the work of the Risk Review Team. Part of the reason for the lack of clarity about risk review is the limited information available in the public domain.
‘It’s the Local Economy, Stupid!’ sets out the contribution that the local network of independent advice centres brings to Community Wealth Building in Northern Ireland.
Find out about our work in 2020-21 including our emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read about the work of our Policy and Information team in our Policy and Information Annual Review (2020/21)
Advice NI’s vision is of a society of confident, informed, and active citizens who can access their rights and entitlements.