Welfare Policy in Nothern Ireland Contents

Contents

Summary

The mitigation package

Continuing the mitigation package

Universal Credit in Northern Ireland

The five week wait

Fortnightly payment

Direct payment to landlords

Split payments

The two-child limit in Northern Ireland

Monitoring welfare policy in Northern Ireland

1 The mitigation package

Background

The mitigation package

Basis for different provision in Northern Ireland

Housing stock in Northern Ireland

Claimant vulnerability and poverty in Northern Ireland

Differing levels of entitlement within the UK

Has the mitigation package worked?

Welfare Supplementary Payments

Discretionary Support Scheme

Independent advisory services

Underspend

Policies not covered by the mitigation package

2 Effect of the mitigation package ending in 2020

Ending SSSC mitigation

Ending benefit cap mitigation

Disability related payments

Claimant awareness

Conclusion

3 Options for continuing the mitigation package

Using Discretionary Housing Payments

Legislation by the UK Parliament

The Government’s position

Legislating in devolved areas

4 Universal Credit in Northern Ireland

The five week wait

Universal Credit flexibilities: fortnightly payments

Universal Credit flexibilities: direct payment to landlords

Tenant arrears

Universal Credit flexibilities: split payments

How have split payments been implemented?

Why is take-up so low?

5 The two-child limit in Northern Ireland

Is the two-child limit discriminatory?

The two-child limit and abortion in Northern Ireland

The non-consensual exemption in Northern Ireland

6 Monitoring welfare policy in Northern Ireland

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes

Witnesses

Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Work and Pensions Committee during the current Parliament

List of Reports from the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee during the current Parliament




Published: 9 September 2019