Northern Ireland's welfare reform advisory group publishes recommendations
The Welfare Reform Mitigations Group has published its report today.
Chaired by Professor Eileen Evason, the Group was set up as part of the Fresh Start Agreement.
The report makes a number of recommendations to soften the impact of welfare reform in Northern Ireland and provide independent advice to people who need support as they navigate the changes to the benefit system.
The recommendations cover mitigation payments to carers, people suffering ill health and families on low incomes.
Headline recommendations of particular interest to social security advisers include:
- covering 75% of the loss incurred by people on Disability Living Allowance who would lose out over £10 a month in the move to Personal Independence Payment (PIP);
- additional PIP points for those with conflict related injuries;
- using the resources originally allocated to cover planned tax credit cuts to help people affected by the introduction of Universal Credit, as tax credit cuts have since been abandoned by the UK government.
As expected, the report also recommends full mitigation for the bedroom tax.
Eileen Evason will discuss the report's recommendations at the Law Centre's AGM and seminar on Thursday 28 January. Other speakers include Alison Garnham of Child Poverty Action Group, NI Human Rights Chief Commissioner Les Allamby and Dr Grainne McKeever of Ulster University and Social Security Advisory Committee. Find out more about the event here.