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.

Food banks: A good or bad sign of the times?

22 Oct 2014Nick Garbutt Welfare Reform

The biggest growth area for the charitable sector over the past few years has been that of food banks. Bob Stronge chief executive of Advice NI says there will be many more once Welfare “Reform” kicks in.

Welfare Reform Explained

7 Oct 2014Welfare ReformWelfare Reform

Our welfare reform report has once again been in the headlines, below we clarify some of the main points.

Welfare Reform and Avoiding the Worst Case Scenario

26 Sep 2014Seamus McAleavey Welfare Reform, PolicyWelfare Reform

Earlier this week NICVA issued a statement on Welfare Reform.

NICVA Calls for Full Debate on Welfare Reform Bill

24 Sep 2014Welfare Reform, PolicyWelfare 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.

How to survive the cuts

16 Sep 2014Nick Garbutt Welfare ReformWelfare Reform, Sector Issues

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.

NICVA responds to Belfast Telegraph article on welfare reform

30 Apr 2014Seamus McAleavey Welfare Reform, Policy, Centre for Economic EmpowermentWelfare Reform

On 15 April the Belfast Telegraph carried a story on NICVA's research into welfare reform.

The Impact of Welfare Reform on Northern Ireland

24 Oct 2013Eoin Rooney Centre for Economic Empowerment, Policy, Welfare ReformWelfare Reform, Economy

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

The Economic Impact of Welfare Reform

8 Oct 2013Eoin Rooney Centre for Economic Empowerment, Welfare ReformWelfare Reform

Last week CEE launched its fourth research report, this time on the issue of welfare reform.

NICVA meets Minister on Welfare Reform

1 Oct 2013Elizabeth Hendron Welfare Reform, PolicyWelfare Reform, Policy

Following a meeting with DSD Minister Nelson McCausland to discuss the recent report which showed that Northern Ireland is set to be hit harder by welfare reform than any other part of the UK, NICVA has written to OFMdFM to request an update.