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Northern Ireland mitigations for benefit cap and Contributory ESA

On 18 March, the regulations introducing 'welfare supplementary payments' to help mitigate the effects of the benefit cap and of new time limits for contributory ESA. The regulations come into force on 31 May.

They describe the maximum amount and duration of 'welfare supplementary payment' to be made where a person’s housing benefit is capped after 31 May 2016.  

They also detail the conditions for entitlement to a payment if contributory ESA finishes because the new 365 days tiem limit for those in the work-related activity group.

The Welfare Supplementary Payments (Northern Ireland) 2016 can be found here: SR. No. 178/2016

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