Benefits

ADVICE NI CALLS FOR HALT TO UNIVERSAL CREDIT ROLLOUT IN NORTHERN IRELAND

22 September 2017 - 16:06

Leading advice charity, Advice NI has called for the Northern Ireland rollout of Universal Credit to be halted
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Omagh Independent Advice Services

​An adviser conducted a benefits check and successfully appealed an Attendance Allowance

An adviser conducted a benefit entitlement check for an 80 year old woman suffering from angina, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoarthritis, depression and had a propensity to fall. An application was made for Attendance Allowance.
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​Food Banks Referrals

Advisers often have to refer clients to food banks because their benefits have stopped due to administrative problems

A Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimant contacted Advice NI in a state of distress after receiving a letter dated Friday 29th May which arrived on Saturday 30th May stating that his JSA was not payable from 30th May to 12th June. The claimant said that he was anxious all weekend, that he remembered a mix-up regarding a single Steps to Success appointment in February, that he thought that his explanation had been accepted and that he did not know how he would survive as he had no money and no savings.

​East Belfast Independent Advice Centre

​Appealing an Incapacity Benefit / Income Support (IB/IS) reassessment

The client was a 58 year old woman with long term mental and physical health problems including chronic anxiety, panic attacks, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and chronic low back pain. She had been in receipt of Incapacity Benefit / Income Support (IB/IS) for many years. On IB/IS reassessment for Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) she was awarded zero points and found not to have limited capability for work.

RAPID RISE IN NUMBER OF PEOPLE SEEKING ACCESS TO FOODBANKS – ADVICE NI ANNUAL REPORT

27 November 2014 - 15:34

Embargo 00.01 Friday 28th November • Advice NI has dealt with 270,000 enquiries mostly related to social security issues. • Food banks have grown from 2...

Employment and Support Allowance is not achieving its aims and needs fundamental redesign, say MPs

23 July 2014 - 09:44

The flaws in the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) system are so grave that simply "rebranding” the assessment used to determine eligibility for ESA (the...

Back Door Benefit Changes

19 March 2013 - 09:55

‘Back door’ benefit changes will cause extreme hardship for the sick and disabled
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