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.

Universal Credit suspension call

26 Sep 2017Neil Wilson Welfare ReformWelfare Reform

NICVA has called for the introduction of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland to be suspended.

Evason Report: Too Long, Didn't Read

20 Jan 2016Jenna Maghie PolicyPolicy, Welfare Reform

On 19th January the Evason Group, or the Welfare Reform Working Group, established by the 'A Fresh Start' Agreement published their recommendations for the mitigation of the impacts of welfare reform. 

Tax Credits Crunch - unpicking the July budget's effect on NI

1 Oct 2015Ryan Miller Welfare Reform, Social Policy

The importance of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland has shrunk, grown or both - depending on your views - thanks to the Chancellor's July budget. Over 100,000 homes have projected income reductions of over £1,600. Scope takes a look.

Whatever happened to Heenan Anderson?

14 Aug 2015Nick Garbutt Politics, Social Policy, Welfare Reform

Whatever happened to the Heenan-Anderson Commission?

Welfare Reform Events - Learning from Scotland

5 Jun 2015Jenna Maghie Policy, Welfare ReformWelfare Reform

With the Welfare Reform Bill now fallen in Stormont and the Assembly entering “unchartered waters” everyone is still unsure of what will happen next with the Bill and the Assembly.

Welfare Reform Bill: Final Stage (Too Long; Didn't Read)

27 May 2015Jenny McEneaney Policy, Welfare ReformPolicy, Welfare Reform

On Tuesday 27th of May the Assembly debated the Final Stage of the Welfare Reform Bill.

Welfare Reform is correct in principle

27 May 2015Guest Author Welfare Reform

There is a difference between theory and practice - despite some problems, Welfare Reform is a social good. Ian James Parsley writes exclusively for Scope.

Up the sanction - Welfare Reform's teeth could bite itself

20 May 2015Ryan Miller Welfare ReformWelfare Reform

DWP says sanctions are a "last resort" and encouragement to work - but some reported examples make that description look laughable, and could make them the biggest danger to Welfare Reform. Scope takes a look.

Welfare Reform: the view from Scotland

14 May 2015Ryan Miller Welfare ReformWelfare Reform

The general election result means Welfare Reform will come to Northern Ireland, one way or another. Scope looks at two reports examining its impact in Scotland - both on the public and the third sector.

Welfare Reform: overseeing the inevitable

20 Apr 2015Ryan Miller Welfare ReformWelfare Reform

Presuming the near-inevitable happens and Welfare Reform (eventually) passes the Assembly, does Stormont need a dedicated committee for oversight? Scope speaks exclusively with Michael McMahon MSP, who convenes just such a group in Holyrood.