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Helping constituency offices to deal with the fallout of Welfare Reform

Welfare reform continues to have a huge impact on the housing situation of low income households in Northern Ireland.  As well as advice agencies the public often approach their constituency offices for help and support with housing issues

With this in mind, and to ensure people approaching their constituency office can access information and advice on how to deal with the fallout of Welfare Reform, Housing Rights held a training session on Universal Credit and Housing for constituency office staff and MLA’S at the Long Gallery in Stormont.

As well as getting a grounding in the context and background of Universal Credit and the differences between it and Housing Benefit, attendees were taken through practical issues like helping people navigate the claims and appeals process.

After the session 83% of attendees felt that their knowledge and understanding of the system had greatly improved.

It was all very useful, thanks so much for your help

This will help me assist with future claims

Housing Rights Spring/Summer training programme offers a number of courses aimed at helping housing practitioners deal with impacts of Welfare Reform. All training booked during April qualifies for a 10% discount.

We can also deliver bespoke Welfare Reform training for your organisation. Email gail@housingrights.org.uk for more details

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Benefits, Repossession, Practical tips, Welfare Reform

This article was written on 12 April 2019. It should not be relied on as a statement of the current law or policy position. For help with housing issues please contact our helpline on 028 9024 5640 or use our online chat service at www.housingadviceNI.org.