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.

The Impact of Welfare Reform on Northern Ireland

24 Oct 2013Eoin Rooney Centre for Economic Empowerment, Policy & Public Affairs, Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare 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 Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare 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, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

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.

Welfare Reform Bill update

20 Aug 2013Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

The Social Security Agency (SSA) has recently released news on the passage of the Welfare Reform Bill (NI) 2012 through the NI Assembly.

Welfare reform: changes in the rates rebate scheme

1 Mar 2013Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

As part of the welfare reform agenda changes will be made to the Rates Rebate Scheme in Northern Ireland. This will become an important issue for the voluntary and community sector as the reality of the welfare reform changes becomes clear.

Lord Freud meets with sector representatives at NICVA

29 Nov 2012Elizabeth Hendron Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

Lord Freud, the Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and the Minister in charge of overseeing welfare reform, met with representatives of the voluntary and community sector at NICVA yesterday [Wednesday, 28 November 2012]. 

Assembly to scrutinise Welfare Reform Bill for Northern Ireland

25 Sep 2012Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, has welcomed a move by the Northern Ireland Executive to begin the discussion on welfare reform, and NICVA proposes that the Assembly takes this opportunity for full scrutiny of the Bill.

Concerns about welfare reform raised at high level meeting with Lord Freud

21 May 2012Lisa McElherron Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

Lord Freud, the Minister for Welfare Reform, was in NICVA on 18 May to meet with a range of voluntary and community organisations.

Welfare Reform Conference: relive the debate

9 Mar 2012Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

Relive the action and debate from the welfare reform conference held at NICVA on Tuesday 6 March 2012 in conjunction with Law Centre (NI).

Welfare Reform: Les Allamby on the Welfare Reform Bill in a Northern Ireland context

9 Mar 2012Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

Welfare Reform: Les Allamby, Law Centre (NI) on the Welfare Reform Bill in a Northern Ireland context