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

AQW 6328/17-22 – Welfare Reform Mitigation Measures

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities for an update on the progress of legislation to extend and strengthen the current welfare reform mitigation measures. [Priority Written] Minister for Communities: The extension of the welfare mitigation measures will require new primary and secondary legislation. A draft Bill to amend the Welfare … Continue reading AQW 6328/17-22 – Welfare Reform Mitigation Measures

AQW 6327/17-22 – Universal Credit Bedroom Tax

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities what is the latest available figure for the number of households claiming Universal Credit who are impacted by the bedroom tax. Minister for Communities: The most recent published statistical data relating to Social Sector Size Criteria is available at; https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/communities/dfc-annual-report-welfare-supplementary-payments-2018-2019.pdf ENDS