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 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 asks Minister to introduce Universal Credit mitigation measures

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone has written to Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey, to seek protections for people who applied for Universal Credit in the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis. The Mid Ulster MLA said, "I had become aware of a significant number of cases where people in employment and receiving Tax … Continue reading McGlone asks Minister to introduce Universal Credit mitigation measures