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.

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.

NICVA Response to Rate Rebate Scheme Consultation

26 Feb 2015Bob Harper Policy, Welfare Reform, Centre for Economic EmpowermentWelfare Reform, Rates

This is NICVA's response to the Department of Finance and Personnel's consultation 'Long-term Options for Rates Rebate Replacement Scheme'

15 Asks for the Executive - Guarantee a Statutory Right to Advice as part of Welfare Reform

16 Feb 2015Jenny McEneaney Policy, Welfare Reform15 Asks for the Executive, Welfare Reform

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. 

Welfare Reform: the priorities for the next stage.

13 Feb 2015Lisa McElherron Welfare Reform, PolicyWelfare Reform

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.

Welfare Reform Bill Amendments (Too Long; Didn't Read)

13 Feb 2015Bob Harper Welfare Reform, PolicyWelfare Reform

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.

Rate Rebate Replacement Scheme Consultation

26 Jan 2015Bob Harper PolicyWelfare Reform

The Department of Finance and Personnel is consulting on options to replace the current rate rebates scheme in the long-term. NICVA hosted an event on 19 January 2015 for representatives from the voluntary and community sector.

Heenan Anderson Commission Consultation

20 Jan 2015Elizabeth Hendron PolicyPublic Service Delivery, Welfare Reform, Adult Learning, Economy

The Heenan-Anderson Commission has been set up to look at the causes of the current levels of economic marginalization and deprivation in Northern Ireland.

Welfare Reform - Learning from Scotland

30 Oct 2014Jenna Maghie Policy, Welfare ReformWelfare Reform

A list of relevant government and third sector links to the impact of the reforms in Scotland.

Welfare Reform Debate Focuses on People Affected by Cuts

29 Oct 2014Elizabeth Hendron Policy, Welfare ReformWelfare Reform

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.