We are seeking a Services Adviser (Welfare Reform) to join us on a full-time basis for a one year fixed term contract until the 1st March 2025. Trainees will be accepted for this vacancy.
With the Department for Communities currently issuing thousands of Migration Notice letters each month to people on Tax Credits as part of its ‘Move to UC’ programme, we want to make sure that those affected get the right advice about the timing of their claim in order to maximise their entitlement to the 6.7% benefit uprating from April.
People on the lowest incomes – both in and out of work – have endured a decade of austerity; with freezes and cuts to social security benefits and in-work support; hollowing out support, undermining resilience and ability to cope with adversity.
Advice NI, Rural Support and The Ulster Farmers’ Union have expressed their collective concern over the impact on many of the 134,000 self-employed people in Northern Ireland who currently rely on tax credits and who will be impacted by ‘Move to UC’.
Advice NI respond to Department for Communities consultation on restrictions to Discretionary Support grants for basic needs and the extension to the repeat item exclusion period.
Managed migration to Universal Credit (UC) began in April in Northern Ireland, with 500 legacy benefit claimants in both Andersonstown & Enniskillen Jobs and Benefits Office areas contacted as part of an initial ‘Discovery Phase’, advising them that they have 3 months to move to Universal Credit.
Please join us on Thursday, 4 May 2023 at 10:30am in the Parliament Buildings, Stormont, for the launch of our report, The Move to UC: Get Ready, where we will share our findings and recommendations.
The first instalment of the Cost of Living Support Payment for those on means-tested benefits has been issued to those eligible in NI from, 20th July 2022.
Advice NI has produced the first in a series of Briefing Papers on ‘Move to UC’ which is the UK government’s plan to move ‘legacy’ social security benefit claimants onto Universal Credit by December 2024
Advice NI's Head of Policy has initiated a Parliamentary Petition calling for the Work & Pensions Secretary to restore confidence in the social security benefit overpayment recovery waiver system (where overpayment recovery can be waived or written off on health or welfare grounds).