Welfare Reform

Changes to Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI)

10 November 2017 - 13:44

SMI pays all or part of the interest on a claimant's mortgage if they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit. It does not affect the capital amount.

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

Advice NI Calls for Return of Assembly

21 August 2017 - 15:39

Advice NI calls for return of Assembly – ‘to make critical Welfare Reform decisions’

Welfare Reform NI: Looking Back – Moving Forward

28 March 2017 - 14:41

As part of The Building Change Trust’s Democracy Day activities at the Imagine Festival Belfast, Advice NI ran an interactive event to showcase how we have...

Civic Activism Project

22 September 2016 - 10:50

Reaching the Hard to Reach: Capturing the Impact of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland project
Food Bank Network

​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.

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...

Trinity Housing Welfare Reform Video

16 January 2014 - 12:28

As the tough financial climate continues to affect us all, Trinity are committed to supporting their tenants through difficult times.

Advice NI Concern about the Growth of Food Banks in NI

02 December 2013 - 08:54

Advice NI launched a report entitled ‘Turning the Tide’ which highlights the rapid increase in the number people seeking help from emergency food providers and...

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