Welfare Reform

Welfare Reform Mitigations: Less than 1 year to cliff edge

08 April 2019 - 17:42

With the current mitigations package due to end in 2020, our Head of Policy Kevin Higgins looks at how Welfare Reform will impact thousands of the most...

Welfare Reform and Universal Credit for Farmers

27 March 2019 - 13:01

Universal Credit (UC) has now rolled out across Northern Ireland. Anyone entitled to financial assistance for the first time will receive UC instead of...

Advice NI Warnings of Misery and Hardship With Looming Mitigations Cliff Edge are Supported by Audit Office Report

16 January 2019 - 15:37


The Northern Ireland Audit Office has warned that the full impact of welfare reform has not yet been felt in Northern Ireland. Many claimants will face...

Welfare Reform Update September 2018

20 September 2018 - 16:31

The independent welfare changes Helpline has seen an increase in calls from clients who have due to their vulnerability, inadvertently made a claim for...

Savage cuts warning as clock is ticking on NI’s ‘Evason’ welfare reform mitigations package

19 September 2018 - 15:52

Bob Stronge, Advice NI Chief Executive, ponders the future in context of welfare reform cliff edge from March 2020.

Advice NI highlights “fundamental flaw” in Universal Credit

14 May 2018 - 14:45

 Advice NI states that there is a fundamental flaw which will inflict further damage in terms of public confidence in the Universal Credit system.

Welfare Reform Support Project

21 March 2018 - 16:27

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independent Payment (PIP) reassessment stats

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.


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’


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