Welfare changes

Welfare changes in Northern Ireland

Benefit Cap

The Benefit Cap is a limit on the amount of benefit a household can receive 

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Personal Independence Payment helps people who have a disability or long-term health condition          

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Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a payment for people over 18 but under State Pension age who are on a low income or out of work

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An independent Welfare Changes Helpline is now available for anyone needing help or advice relating to any of the changes to the welfare system: Welfare Changes Helpline

Employment Support Allowance

Welfare Reforms will limit the amount of time ESA based on contributions can be paid to some customers ...more



How you dispute social security decision in Northern Ireland changed on 23 May 2016



Housing Benefit/Social Sector Size Criteria

New criteria are being introduced to calculate Housing Benefit payments, called the Social Sector Size Criteria 



Finance Support

Finance Support is a new service that will replace the current payments from the Social Fund




If you do not follow the rules when claiming a benefit, a sanction may be applied 


Understanding benefit fraud

If you think someone is committing benefit fraud, you can report them and stop them taking money from the people who need it most ...more


Direct Earnings Attachment

Your employer may be asked to deduct benefit overpayments that you owe from your pay


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Support for those affected

Supplementary payments will be available to support people who may lose out under the welfare changes


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