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Welfare Changes

Changes to benefits - Welfare Reform

The new Welfare Reform Bill for Northern Ireland will result in changes to the benefits system

Potential changes to Housing Benefit payments

Housing Benefit payments could change when the Welfare Reform Bill becomes law, for Housing Executive or Housing Association tenants of working age (16 to 61 years old)

Introduction to Universal Credit

Universal Credit will be one single benefit for people aged 18 to 64 years old, paid to each household

Changes to Employment and Support Allowance

It is proposed to limit the amount of time Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) based on contributions can be paid to some customers. This is not yet law in Northern Ireland

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a new benefit to help people with disabilities live full, active and independent lives

Changes to the Social Fund

If the new Welfare Reform Bill for Northern Ireland becomes law the current payments from the Social Fund will change

Benefit cap

It is proposed that a benefit cap will be introduced as part of welfare reform

Proposed Changes to Disputing a Social Security Decision

The process for disputing a social security decision may change in Northern Ireland with the introduction of welfare reform


Sanctions and Hardship

If you do not follow the rules of the benefit you are getting - such as going to an interview or medical examination - you could lose benefit

New powers to tackle benefit fraud

Government is putting new plans in place as it continues to tackle fraud and aims to reduce errors