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Social Security

EEA nationals, Universal Credit and work-related requirements

In correspondence with the Law Centre, the Social Security Agency has confirmed that EEA nationals in receipt of Universal Credit will not automatically be placed in...

Transferring PIP and ESA when moving between NI and GB

On 6 April 2016, new rules come into force which will ensure that people moving between Northern Ireland and Great Britain will not have to make fresh claims or go through a stressful new Work Capability...

Welfare reform mitigations: next steps

Law Centre (NI) has published a briefing outlining its recommendations on effective implementation of welfare reform mitigations in Northern Ireland:

Proposed changes to temporary absence for Housing Benefit and Pension Credit

Plans to redefine temporary absence for Housing Benefit and Pension Credit could be problematic for claimants moving between NI and GB

Welfare reform timeline

Please note: this  timeline could substantially change as the implementation of welfare reform develops in Northern Ireland. We will endeavour to keep you updated of any changes. Last update: 29 March...

Also labelled: Community Care

New regulations on State Pension in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland regulations on State Pension for people reaching pensionable age on or after 6 April 2016 came into force on 25 February. The regulations bring into force provisions of the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland)...

Welfare reform NI: the benefit cap

The benefit cap: what is it?  Regulations have now been passed which means that the benefit cap will apply in Northern Ireland from 31 May 2016. The benefit cap limits the amount, in total, that claimants can...

Expected timeline of welfare reform in Northern Ireland

Please note: this is a rough timeline which could substantially change as the implementation of welfare reform develops in Northern Ireland. We will endeavour to keep you updated of any changes.

Free welfare reform training event

2016 Belfast Festival of Learning Event Welfare Reform:...

Welfare reform news and information

Welfare reform training and briefings Welfare...

Also labelled: Social Justice

Train with Law Centre (NI): new courses at a glance

First set of rules on Northern Ireland's welfare reform applies from today

The first set of regulations regarding the implementation of welfare reform in Northern Ireland has been published. Today 17 February, the

Watch: NI welfare reform in focus

Law Centre (NI) continues its series of programmes with

OFMDFM active ageing strategy launched today

OFMDFM has launched its Active Ageing Strategy...

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...

Changes to State Pension Age affect social security benefits

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that the State Pension age is going to increase at a faster pace than originally planned under the Pensions Act 2011. State...

AGM and seminar: what now for social security?

Also labelled: Social Justice

Cross border workers and Child Benefit

The issue of competent State for social security purposes causes difficulties for many cross border workers. On referral from Newry Citizens Advice, Law Centre (NI) helped a lady whose Child Benefit had been stopped for this...

Helping young mother access her benefits

On referral from Antrim CAB, Law Centre (NI) represented a Polish lady who had problems with accessing benefits during her pregnancy. She had been working in Northern Ireland for a long time, primarily through a recruitment...

Welfare Reform (NI) Order 2015 now in force

The Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 came into force yesterday. Find it here: SI.No.2006/2015


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