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  • Universal Credit Students and Student Income

    26 September 2022 13:19
    • Information Briefing Papers

    Given the time of year, we can expect an increase in enquiries from students on a range of issues, including entitlement to benefit. In the following briefing we lay out the rules that apply for students seeking to make a claim for Universal Credit, which is the main low-income benefit for claimants of working age. 

  • UN Committee Economic, Social and Cultural Rights UK’s compliance with ICESCR

    26 September 2022 11:55
    • Social Policy Reports

    This paper contains information to help inform the UN Committee Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee’s questions or recommendations as they monitor the UK’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

  • Illegal Lending – the story continues

    12 September 2022 11:34
    • Social Policy Reports

    In 2019, the Consumer Council commissioned Advice NI to explore the human side of illegal money lending activity in Northern Ireland (NI). Then, the Consumer Council commissioned Advice NI to carry out a follow up report to assess if Covid-19 has had an impact on illegal lending. We were also asked to consider how Covid-19 has affected our debt services and what impact it has had on our clients. 

  • Cost of Living Support

    22 July 2022 11:36
    • Information Briefing Papers

    This briefing provides an introduction to the support provided in the package announced by the Chancellor, sharing as much information as is currently available.

  • Restore Confidence in the Benefit Overpayment Recovery System

    05 July 2022 09:37
    • Information Briefing Papers

    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.

  • Advice NI Social Policy Briefing Paper: Move to Universal Credit

    16 June 2022 10:46
    • Social Policy Briefing Papers

    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.

  • Universal Credit Support for childcare costs and changes to the meaning of relevant childcare

    31 May 2022 14:08
    • Information Briefing Papers

    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.

  • Advice NI response to the Work & Pensions Committee Inquiry

    23 May 2022 14:43
    • Consultation Responses

    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.

  • What's Next? The Future of Debt Advice

    26 April 2022 12:35
    • Social Policy Reports

    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.

  • Advice NI Strategic Plan April 2021 – March 2024

    11 April 2022 14:08

    Our Strategic Plan sets out the themes, objectives and outcomes of our work.

  • Advice NI Information Briefing Support for Ukrainians

    29 March 2022 14:42
    • Information Briefing Papers

    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.

  • The Risk Review Team

    25 March 2022 11:14
    • Information Briefing Papers

    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.

  • Advice NI's response to the Refugee Integration Strategy

    28 February 2022 13:37
    • Consultation Responses
  • It’s the Local Economy, Stupid!

    03 February 2022 11:11
    • Social Policy Reports

    ‘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. 

  • Annual Report 2021

    03 February 2022 10:04
    • Annual Reports

    Find out about our work in 2020-21 including our emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

  • Policy and Information Team Annual Review

    01 February 2022 13:29
    • Annual Reports

    Read about the work of our Policy and Information team in our Policy and Information Annual Review (2020/21)

  • Advice NI Manifesto

    01 February 2022 13:24

    Advice NI’s vision is of a society of confident, informed, and active citizens who can access their rights and entitlements.