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

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