In 2023, the Consumer Council NI commissioned Advice NI to explore the challenges faced by clients availing of the debt service, considering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the ensuing cost-of-living crisis. Reflecting on these ongoing societal concerns, Advice NI was asked to report on the adversities faced by clients relating to their problematic debt.
This report which sets out the findings of research conducted by the Advice NI Policy & Information Team. It highlights views, concerns and ideas relating to the ‘Move to Universal Credit’ which will see the managed migration of around 250,000 ‘legacy’ benefit claims in NI to Universal Credit.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
In 2018, the UK government announced a new crack down on illegal lending for the first time ever Northern Ireland (NI). This work focused on an educational campaign to raise awareness of the support available for vulnerable communities in relation to illegal lending.
Advice NI, Housing Rights and the Law Centre (NI) today (Friday 30th November 2018) launched a joint report which highlights the approaching 2020 ‘cliff edge’ when funding for the mitigation package agreed as part of the Fresh Start Agreement in 2015 is due to expire.
Supporting people aged 55+ to go online and access their rights and entitlements
Building Resilience in Retirement Project Report
The Executive must do more to tackle the damaging and dangerous levels of payday and illegal lending in Northern Ireland, according to a report produced by NICVA and Advice NI.
This paper aims to explore the issues and provide a basis for further discussion of the growth of food banks in NI.
27th April 2018
Universal Credit in Northern Ireland: Punishing the Self-Employed
Money Advice Support Programme Evaluation Report 2014
Advice NI has become increasingly concerned about the impact of benefit sanctions as applied by Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) decision makers based on information relating to claimants participation on the Steps to Success employment programme.
Tax Credits: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Pension Credit - the First 60 Days