Welfare Reform

The proposed welfare reforms have been widely described as the most radical shake up of the social security system in over 40 years.

The aim of the reforms and subsequent Bill is to simplify the benefits system, improve work incentives to encourage claimants to move from benefits to work and reduce administration costs. However, the implementation of the changes will impact upon a significant percentage of the working age population in Northern Ireland.

Research and Reports

The Impact of Welfare Reform on Northern Ireland Report Cover
The Impact of Welfare Reform on Northern Ireland

This report estimates how the programme of welfare reform that began in 2010 impacts on Northern Ireland.

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