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  • The Anti Poverty Strategy and independent advice

    02 December 2021 11:36
    • Social Policy Briefing Papers

    Advice NI believe that there are fundamental points that need to be reflected in the anti-poverty strategy in relation to independent advice. The Strategy needs to reflect fully the recommendations of the Anti-Poverty Strategy Expert Advisory Panel. 

  • Welfare Benefits Handbook of References

    30 November 2021 16:26
    • Information Briefing Papers

    This document is a collection of links to relevant online information sources relating to welfare benefits, which should assist you in answering the majority of questions clients will have. It is compiled and updated by the Advice NI Information Officer but the majority of the information is produced by other agencies.

  • Fuel Poverty Support Guide

    05 November 2021 12:50
    • Information Briefing Papers

    This guide provides information on payments and grants available to low-income households, grants available to higher income households, and other useful information and support.

  • Universal Basic Income

    21 October 2021 13:58
    • Social Policy Briefing Papers

    Universal Basic Income is an automatic income for every U.K. citizen. It would provide a minimum amount for every citizen, regardless of means. This paper explores what a UBI is, what it could achieve, and how the concept could be explored for a pilot in Northern Ireland

  • Bereavement Support Payments in Northern Ireland

    20 October 2021 12:37
    • Information Briefing Papers

    This information briefing paper covers the basic eligibility, claim information, and social policy issues for Bereavement Support Payments in Northern Ireland. 

  • Advice NI Response To: Shaping Future Support: The Health and Disability Green Paper

    12 October 2021 09:54
    • Consultation Responses

    This consultation focuses on the main benefits paid to disabled people and people with long-term health conditions of working age. 

  • Advice NI Information Briefing High Street Scheme – Spend Local

    28 September 2021 13:26
    • Information Briefing Papers

    As part of its post-Covid recovery plan the NI Executive has decided to introduce a High Street Scheme to boost demand in struggling towns, city centres and local businesses. The scheme is being delivered by the Department for the Economy to address declining footfall and spending.

  • Advice NI Response to Access to Cash Consultation September 2021

    28 September 2021 13:00
    • Consultation Responses
  • Universal Credit Payment of the Limited Capability for Work and Work Related Activity Element

    21 September 2021 11:19
    • Information Briefing Papers

    This briefing paper explains the Limited Capability for Work and Work Related Activity Element in Universal Credit and covers the relevant period, exemptions, backdating, and change of circumstances.

  • Advice NI Briefing Paper - Community Wealth Building

    10 September 2021 12:49
    • Social Policy Briefing Papers

    The Combined Power of the Advice Sector as an Anchor Institution – A ground-up approach to Community Wealth Building

  • The Standard Assurance Unit Benefit Review

    18 August 2021 13:31
    • Social Policy Briefing Papers

    The Standard Assurance Unit (SAU) is a section within DfC that carries out benefit reviews. These reviews are also called Home Visit to Check Your Benefit Payment1 . Reviews can be conducted face-to-face but also over the phone. Since the COVID pandemic, they have been exclusively over the phone. The purpose of the SAU review is to determine whether claimants are getting the right amount of benefit based on their circumstances. Evidence discovered during the review can be reported back to DfC if it has an impact on the amount of benefit being paid.

  • Payment Exception Services & Post Office Card Accounts

    13 August 2021 14:46
    • Social Policy Briefing Papers

    A Post Office card account (POca) is a special bank account you could only get from the Post Office for automated government payments such as benefits. This briefing paper explains the incoming changes for benefit claimants who currently use a Post Office card account.

  • Advice NI's response to the Department for Communities Equality Impact Assessment Consultation

    01 June 2021 14:31
    • Consultation Responses

    This consultation response wishes to express in the strongest possible terms opposition to the proposed Department for Communities budget allocation which includes no allocation for the independent advice sector to support welfare change.

  • Advice NI response to the NI Executive Draft Budget Consultation

    01 June 2021 14:27
    • Consultation Responses

    This consultation response wishes to express in the strongest possible terms opposition to the proposed Department for Communities budget allocation which includes no allocation for the independent advice sector to support welfare change.

  • Housing Costs and New Tenancies

    31 May 2021 17:16
    • Social Policy Briefing Papers

    Housing costs associated with taking up a new tenancy can be difficult for many people to afford. How landlords handle new tenants can make all the difference when it comes to someone being able to access accommodation or not.

  • Redundancy: Debts owed to you by your employer - How to claim them from the Government

    30 May 2021 12:21
    • Social Policy Briefing Papers

    Despite the recent extension to the furlough scheme, Advice NI is concerned that, sadly, many businesses may find themselves unable to continue trading, or may need to reduce their staffing levels: As a result, many employees may face a redundancy situation.

  • Advice NI response to the Programme for Government

    30 May 2021 10:46
    • Consultation Responses

    Red our response to the Programme for Government across 9 key areas.

  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Social Security Benefit Claimants

    28 May 2021 09:31
    • Social Policy Briefing Papers

    This paper explores the challenges facing vulnerable claimants; the current support provision from DfC and DWP; and recommendations to drive a more claimant-led safeguarding process, across all benefits.

  • Concerns about digital social security appeal hearings

    26 May 2021 12:36
    • Social Policy Briefing Papers

    In light of public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Northern Ireland’s president of Tribunals and The Appeals Service (TAS) have suspended all in-person oral tribunal hearings until further notice. Read the briefing paper from our policy team.