Supporting Communities, together with NIFHA, Housing Rights, the Council for Homelessness in NI, Shelter NI, the Chartered Institute of Housing, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, and Advice NI, is calling for the rollout of Universal Credit in Northern Ireland to be urgently reviewed.
We are concerned that the flaws in the UC system will bring similar hardships to Northern Ireland that are already being experienced by UC claimants in England, Scotland and Wales. A delay in the implementation of UC could allow vital time for technical issues to be addressed and prevent people falling into avoidable debt.
We have written a joint letter to Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP (Secretary of State for NI), Rt Hon David Gauke MP (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) and Leo O’Reilly, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Communities.
The 25 September letter states:
See our briefing on Universal Credit here.