PIP Survey to Inform Future Policy and Practice
Law Centre NI would like to thank everyone who took part in or shared the PIP survey. The survey forms a wider piece of research investigating peoples' experiences of claiming PIP and collected just under 600 responses, with the results being analysed for future publication. The overall research project, conducted by the All Party Group on Learning Disability, supported by Mencap NI and Law Centre NI, hopes to influence future policy and practice and improve the experience for those claiming PIP. Law Centre NI is primarily responsible for providing the policy and legal context for the final report, due to be launched in Parliament Buildings on Tuesday 29th October.
Cliff Edge Coalition Moving to Next Phase
The Cliff Edge Coalition now sits at 99 members, covering a broad span of the advice sector and the wider community and voluntary sector. With a strong membership base now established, packed with expert knowledge and experience, the Coalition is preparing for the critical months ahead. If you want to join the Coalition and help us raise your concerns around the end of welfare reform mitigations, please get in touch.
Law Centre NI Training Courses
Ensure you get the best outcome for your clients by being as informed as possible on the issues, details and tactics of a case. Law Centre NI training has an excellent reputation for providing meaningful and worthwhile learning that will assist you to get the best for your clients. You can see the full calendar of courses here, or alternatively contact the Law Centre NI training hub on firstname.lastname@example.org for any individual requests.
The Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) (SDP Gateway) (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2019
prevents a claim for Universal Credit for someone who within the month prior were entitled to a severe disability premium in their ESA, Income Support, JSA or Housing Benefit.
In Northern Ireland, Housing Benefit can be paid for rent but also toward rates in the form of Housing Benefit and Rates Relief.
Law Centre NI has had recent experience of a legacy benefit provider contacting housing benefit in NI Housing Executive (Rent) to check if there is an SDP in payment but not checking with Land and Property Services to check if there is an SDP entitlement to Housing Benefit for rates.
Advisers should be mindful that claimants with an entitlement to SDP in Housing Benefit and Rates relief awards should be prevented from making a claim to UC.
If you are aware of any clients who have been disadvantaged in these circumstances please contact the Social Security Advice Line: (028) 9024 4401.