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

AQW 398/17-22 – Welfare Mitigation Measures

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister for Communities for an update on an extension of the welfare mitigation measures. Minister for Communities: My Department is taking all necessary steps to provide for an extension of the existing welfare mitigations schemes. This includes ensuring that the appropriate legislation, “New Decade, New Approach”, will … Continue reading AQW 398/17-22 – Welfare Mitigation Measures

McGlone: Secretary of State should Extend Welfare Reform Mitigation Package if NI Executive is not Restored

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has said the Secretary of State should commit to the extension of the welfare reform mitigation package if an Executive is not restored. Mr McGlone said, "Tens of thousands of families across Northern Ireland are facing immediate hardship if the welfare reform mitigation package is not extended. "Unless … Continue reading McGlone: Secretary of State should Extend Welfare Reform Mitigation Package if NI Executive is not Restored

SDLP Representatives and Law Centre hold Public Meeting on Welfare Reform

Mid Ulster SDLP representatives along with the Law Centre NI held a well-attended Welfare 'Reform' Public Meeting in Walsh’s Hotel, Maghera on Tuesday 26th February. As well as the Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone and local Councillors, Martin Kearney and Christine McFlynn, the SDLP MLA for East Derry, John Dallat was also present. The meeting … Continue reading SDLP Representatives and Law Centre hold Public Meeting on Welfare Reform

SDLP Meets Department for Communities over Discretionary Support Scheme

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, met with Department for Communities officials in Dungannon on Thursday to discuss the operation of the Discretionary Support scheme. Along with Mr McGlone, the SDLP delegation included Mid Ulster Councillors Christine McFlynn and Martin Kearney, and representatives from other areas. Discretionary Support replaced the Social Fund Community Care … Continue reading SDLP Meets Department for Communities over Discretionary Support Scheme

SDLP Raise Concerns with Audit Office over Welfare Reforms

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has met with the Auditor General, Kieran Donnelly, to raise concerns over ongoing changes to the welfare system in Northern Ireland. The Mid Ulster MLA accompanied SDLP MLAs, Nichola Mallon and Claire Hanna, at the meeting on Wednesday. Mr McGlone said, "Yesterday Nichola Mallon, Claire Hanna and I … Continue reading SDLP Raise Concerns with Audit Office over Welfare Reforms