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Ritchie Disappointed Over Ministers Not Meeting To Discuss Welfare Reform

One of the biggest change processes taking place across the UK and in Northern Ireland is in welfare reform. But South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has said she is extremely disappointed to learn that the First, deputy First and Social Development Ministers have never met the Secretary of State for…

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McGrath Says PM’s Plan Will Erode Social Security Benefits

DOWNPATRICK SDLP Councillor Colin McGrath has responded to the British Government’s ‘work for benefits’ plan which David Cameron referred to in his speech at the recent Conservative Conference. Cllr McGrath said: “The plans announced by the Prime Minister David Cameron regarding new conditions for the long-term jobless have worrying implications for…

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Welfare Reform Study Says It All – Social Housing Under The Microscope

Research Published On The Impact Of Welfare Reform On Social Housing Tenants. The Department for Social Development has today published research on the impact of the proposed housing benefit reforms on the social rented sector.  The Impact of the Housing Benefit Reforms on the Social Rented Sector: A Study for…

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Welfare Reform Temporary Reprieve Welcomed by O’Neill

Down District SDLP Councillor Eamonn ONeill has spoken out in support of the decision to defer bringing welfare reform to the floor of the Assembly until it is “made more suitable for Northern Ireland”. Councillor ONeill said: “We in the SDLP championed the ‘benefit take-up’ campaign in the 1980’s and subsequent…

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Bedroom Tax Must be Avoided Says Alliance

ALLIANCE Party South Down spokesperson Councillor Patrick Clarke has responded to arguments from the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations and the Chartered Institute of Housing which suggests that it would cost £21 million to implement the ‘Bedroom Tax’ in Northern Ireland while only saving £17 million, by calling on…

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Welfare Cuts Will Be Cameron’s Poll Tax Says Ritchie

SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has slammed the Prime Minister over the government’s welfare cuts, including the introduction of universal credit and the bedroom tax. Speaking after Prime Ministers Questions last week, Ms Ritchie said:  “These welfare cuts, dressed up as reform, will leave a permanent scar on our…

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Tough Times Ahead for Sick and Disabled with Back Door Benefit Changes in Welfare Reform Bill

Advice NI, an advice charity, has uncovered the true extent of potentially far-reaching proposals contained within the Welfare Reform Bill which could have extreme consequences for the most sick and disabled across Northern Ireland. This has opened up a new raft of issues which local MLA’s will need to address…

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Shannon Calls for Rethink on Universal Credit and Welfare Reform

Strangford MP Jim Shannon MP has spoken out against Universal Credit and Welfare Reform warning Government that the impact upon those less well off and already struggling will intensify. Speaking at Westminster Mr Shannon said; “in my constituency of Strangford, Housing Benefit applications are increasing between 10 and 15%, and…

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