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New welfare reform timetable announced

Published: Thur, 15 Aug 2013
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Welfare reform & benefit changes will affect many in Northern Ireland
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The Social Security Agency has issued a revised timetable for welfare reforms and benefit changes in Northern Ireland.
The Welfare Reform Bill needs to pass through a number of important legislative stages before it can become law. Discussions are continuing and the new dates for the various changes are as follows:
  • The introduction of Universal Credit: Summer 2014
  • The introduction of a Benefit Cap: Spring 2014
  • The introduction of Personal Independence Payment: Spring 2014
  • Changes to housing benefit: Spring 2014
  • The introduction of new fraud and error powers: Spring 2014
  • Changes to Employment and Support Allowance: Spring 2014
  • Reform of the Social Fund system: Spring 2014
  • Introduction of changes to the Appeals process: Spring 2014
The proposed changes will affect many of our tenants and we are working closely with the DSD, Northern Ireland Civil Service and Department for Work and Pensions to help ensure all necessary support and information is available when the legislation is passed.
We will update the Welfare Reform section of our website regularly and you can also follow developments on Facebook and Twitter.