MP for Northern Ireland requested further housing benefit concessions
- 12 Nov
The minister for Social Development has said he will talk to the Department for Work and Pensions to try and gain further concessions for implementing the welfare reform in Norther Ireland.
Nelson McCausland, minister for Social Development, wants to make the reforms work for Northern Ireland
Nelson McCausland, said he would be meeting minister for welfare reform, Lord David Freud, in the coming weeks in order to make the housing benefit reform meet the specific needs of housing in Northern Ireland.
He has been widely praised for securing the continuation of payment of the housing element of universal credit directly to landlords, rather than paying it to tenants.
He also secured more regular payments of benefits and an extra six months until the majority of the reforms begin.
But he said landlords needed to take a role in ensuring the impact of the reforms for tenants was minimal and would be meeting Lord Freud in the coming weeks to continue discussions into the timing and implementation of the reforms.
Landlords have a key role to play in ensuring that tenants understand the changes.
My officers are working with the Housing Executive to put together a range of support measures. Dealing with the impacts requires careful consideration.
It is certainly important that we work with the Great British government officials to have a programme of welfare reform that is tailored to the specific needs of housing in Northern Ireland.
Source: Inside Housing
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