AQW 3672/17-22 – Medical Assessment Centres

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities what protective measures are being put in place at medical assessment centres for Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance applications for people with increased health susceptibilities. [Priority Written] Minister for Communities: Minister Hargey’s announcement on 16 March confirmed that … Continue reading AQW 3672/17-22 – Medical Assessment Centres

AQW 4856/17-22 – State pension payments to married women

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities whether work has been carried out to establish if there has been a shortfall in state pension payments to married women in Northern Ireland. Minister for Communities: Under the State Pension rules that apply before 6 April 2016, individuals may be able to derive … Continue reading AQW 4856/17-22 – State pension payments to married women

McGlone encourages women to seek advice over pension entitlement

SDLP Mid Ulster MLA, Patsy McGlone has encouraged women to seek advice if they feel they are missing out on their state pension entitlement, following a written reply from Communities Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín. The Mid Ulster MLA commented, "In recent months, I have been contacted by numerous women who have experienced a shortfall in … Continue reading McGlone encourages women to seek advice over pension entitlement

AQW 4608/17-22 – Benefit Cap

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities how many claimants are subject to the benefit cap and cannot avail of an Administrative Welfare Supplementary Payment. Minister for Communities: The most recent statistics on the impact of the Benefit Cap were published in February 2020. At this time a total of 507 … Continue reading AQW 4608/17-22 – Benefit Cap

AQW 4451/17-22 – tax Credit Compensation

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities what legislative provision is being developed to compensate previous Tax Credit recipients who are financially worse off after making a claim to Universal Credit due to change of circumstances resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Communities: I can assure you that my officials … Continue reading AQW 4451/17-22 – tax Credit Compensation

AQW 3459/17-22 – Universal Credit entitlement gap

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities whether Universal Credit staff have been applying Regulation 25 of the Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Job Seekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance (Claims and Payments) Regulations (NI) 2016 to allow decision makers to extend the time for claiming Universal Credit and ensure there … Continue reading AQW 3459/17-22 – Universal Credit entitlement gap

AQW 2913/17-22 – Universal Credit overpayment

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities how many cases of Universal Credit overpayment have occurred due to departmental error; and what measures she will take to alleviate the consequent hardship for claimants. Minister for Communities: Information requested on the number of Universal Credit cases with an overpayment is not currently … Continue reading AQW 2913/17-22 – Universal Credit overpayment

McGlone: Minister Must Address Serious Systemic Failures in Administration of Universal Credit

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has called on the Minister for Communities to address the serious systemic failures affecting Universal Credit claimants as identified by Advice NI. Mr McGlone said, "Problems with Universal Credit continue to mount up and remain one of the most frequent issues raised by my constituents. "The serious systemic … Continue reading McGlone: Minister Must Address Serious Systemic Failures in Administration of Universal Credit