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 Bill update

20 Aug 2013Welfare Reform, PolicyWelfare 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, PolicyWelfare Reform, Rates

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.

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

21 May 2012Lisa McElherron Welfare ReformWelfare Reform

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