Advice NI responds to plans by the UK Government to begin the managed migration of millions of people in Great Britain off legacy benefits and on to Universal Credit.
We welcome the announcement from Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey that the end date for bedroom tax mitigations has been removed.
Leading advice charity; Advice NI Head of Policy, Kevin Higgins and Professor Eileen Evason CBE is urgently calling on the NI Executive to extend Welfare Mitigations to alleviate further hardship in NI.
The scheme offers financial support to individuals in Northern Ireland facing crisis situations.
The report has taken time and gone into meticulous detail; and ultimately which talks about systemic maladministration on the part of the Department & Capita, putting PIP claimants at systemic disadvantage in terms of the approach taken to how further evidence is obtained.
Advice NI publish a comprehensive policy paper aimed at improving various fundamental problems affecting Universal Credit claimants
The Welfare Reform Group has made a number of recommendations designed to better protect social security claimants who are moving to Universal Credit.
The Department for Communities has put additional support in place to assist Post Office card account and HM Government Payment Exception Service customers who are unable to access their benefit or pension payments during the Coronavirus pandemic.