AQW 15635/17-22 – COVID-19 special recognition payment

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities whether the £500 COVID-19 special recognition payment to Health and Social Care workers will be determined as income for claimants of Universal Credit and other means-tested benefits. Minister for Communities: I am fully supportive of the payment of COVID-19 related support grants to workers … Continue reading AQW 15635/17-22 – COVID-19 special recognition payment

AQO 1426/17-22 – Personal Independence Payment appeals

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities to outline her plans to address the backlog of outstanding Personal Independence Payment appeals. Minister for Communities: My department continues to list benefit appeals, including PIP appeals, for hearing despite the challenges faced as a result of the pandemic. To maximise listing capacity TAS … Continue reading AQO 1426/17-22 – Personal Independence Payment appeals

AQW 8994/17-22 – Self-isolation Support Grant

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities what measures she is taking to introduce a self-isolation support grant for people on low income. [Priority Written] Minister for Communities: On 25 March Minister Hargey responded swiftly to the pandemic by introducing a non-repayable Discretionary Support COVID19 living expenses grant where a person … Continue reading AQW 8994/17-22 – Self-isolation Support Grant

McGlone Calls for COVID-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has called on the Communities Minister to introduce a self-isolation support grant for people on low incomes who cannot work from home. Mr McGlone said, "At present, workers on low incomes in the private sector who have to self-isolate because of COVID-19, and cannot work from home, are … Continue reading McGlone Calls for COVID-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant

AQW 8741/17-22 – Student Rent COVID-19

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities what support is available to students to offset rent for accommodation they are not using due to COVID-19 restrictions. Minister for Communities: The main source of support for students facing genuine financial hardship is the Department for Economy led Student Hardship Fund which is … Continue reading AQW 8741/17-22 – Student Rent COVID-19

AQW 7910/17-22 – Cultural Recovery Package

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities when applications can be made for support under the £29 million package allocated for cultural recovery. [Priority Written] Minister for Communities: The £29m allocation from the Executive is in addition to the £5.5m Creative Support Fund previously established by the Department of which, to … Continue reading AQW 7910/17-22 – Cultural Recovery Package

AQW 6326/17-22 – Universal Credit Two Child Policy

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities to detail the latest available figures for the number of people claiming Universal Credit who are impacted by the two child policy. Minister for Communities: As at the 31 May 2020, 2,620 of the 108,620 households on Universal Credit were impacted by the two … Continue reading AQW 6326/17-22 – Universal Credit Two Child Policy

AQW 6325/17-22 – Universal Credit Benefit Cap

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities how many households claiming Universal Credit have been impacted by the benefit cap during the period 1 January 2020 to 31 August 2020. Minister for Communities: The most recent published statistical data related to Benefit Cap is available at: https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/publications/benefit-cap-statistics-may-2020 ENDS