Independent review of welfare mitigations (Northern Ireland) (External organisation)

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Description

On 16 November 2021 the Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey announced the appointment of an independent advisory panel to review Social Security Mitigations. The task was two-fold. First, to examine the existing Social Security Mitigations introduced in 2016 and ensure they are working effectively. These measures included ensuring the social sector size criteria /bedroom tax) and benefit cap for families were not implemented in Northern Ireland alongside temporary compensation schemes for claimants and households when, for example, moving from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment. In addition, more money was made available for independent advice services. The NI Executive has recently agreed to introduce new legislation to renew these mitigations for a further three years. Second, the panel was asked to consider the need for new mitigations and analyse the cost of any new measures and how many people would benefit from any new proposals. The panel were asked to make recommendations to cover the next three financial years from 2022/23 through to 2024/25 inclusive.
Period7 Oct 202128 Feb 2022
Degree of RecognitionNational

Keywords

  • social security
  • devolution
  • Northern Ireland
  • welfare state
  • welfare reform