Research and Reports
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.
Previously, we summarised the amendments made to the Welfare Reform Bill at Consideration Stage. This time, we look at the 27 amendments debated at Further Consideration Stage (on 24 Feb) – the last opportunity for the Assembly to change the Bill.
In 15 Asks for the Executive we focus on a range of issues the current Executive can either complete or significantly progress before the June 2016 Assembly elections.
NICVA and the Northern Ireland Advice Services Consortium have two priorites for the further consideration stage of the Welfare Reform Bill. They are - to create the right to independant advice and a change to how sanctions are implementated.
The Consideration Stage of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Bill (2012) took place at the Assembly on Tuesday and Wednesday 10 & 11 Feb. Some 78 amendments and opposition to 17 clauses were debated over the course of 19 hours.
At NICVA's recent conference the debate around welfare reform focused on the people here who will be most affected by the reforms and the plans that need to be made to ensure they do not fall further into poverty.
Our welfare reform report has once again been in the headlines, below we clarify some of the main points.
Earlier this week NICVA issued a statement on Welfare Reform.
NICVA is calling for the Northern Ireland Executive to agree its position on the Welfare Reform Bill and have it tabled in the Assembly for a full open debate.
Northern Ireland is yet to feel the full force of austerity cuts and Welfare Reform is still not implemented. We spoke to the leader of England's charities to find out exactly what we can expect.
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