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.

Cliff Edge Welcomes Minister’s Commitment to Extend Welfare Mitigations But Concerns Remain Over Families Hit by Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cap

16 Oct 2020Kathy Maguire Policy & Public AffairsWelfare Reform

The Cliff Edge Coalition has welcomed the Minister for Communities commitment earlier this month to introduce new legislation to provide for an extension of the welfare mitigation payments.

Cliff Edge NI Coalition Submission to the Joint Inquiry into Welfare Policy- what are the main points?

5 Jun 2019Siobhan McAlister Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform

The Cliff Edge Coalition NI is a group of over 70 organisations in NI who have joined together to express concern about the upcoming end of the welfare reform mitigations in March 2020.

Joint inquiry into Northern Ireland’s welfare policy launched

11 Apr 2019Siobhan McAlister Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

A joint inquiry has been launched by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and the Work and Pensions Committee into the impact of welfare policy in NI including a focus on policies such as Universal Credit and the two-child limit.

Welfare Reform Mitigations: Less than 1 year to cliffedge

9 Apr 2019Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

Advice NI and NICVA are warning that, with less than a year to go before Welfare Reform Mitigation runs out, thousands of vulnerable people across Northern Ireland may be facing a substantial drop in income and even eviction. 

NICVA Universal Credit Roundtable Dicussion

20 Dec 2018Siobhan McAlister Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

On the 30 November, NICVA hosted a roundtable discussion session to discuss the current issues, impacts and future challenges in relation to the roll out of universal credit.

Universal Credit suspension call

26 Sep 2017Neil Wilson Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare 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 Policy & Public AffairsPolicy, 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 Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare 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.