Trust at Imagine Belfast - The Story of Welfare Reform in NI

Trust at Imagine Belfast - The Story of Welfare Reform in NI

11 March 2016

For the second year running, the Trust is sponsoring one of Belfast’s most exciting festivals – the Imagine Festival of Politics and Ideas. This year we are running our Civic Activism Series which features a wide range of events.

Next up is our event, hosted with Advice NI which tells the story of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland. It will be running all week, following the launch at the Sunflower Bar on Tuesday 15th March.

Are you worried about the changes to the benefits system and what it will mean for you and your family? Want to tell your story and hear other people’s experiences and fears?

Come along to Advice NI’s interactive event which will be challenging myths and misconceptions around benefit claimants whilst helping you to have more influence, a louder voice and be better informed.

This project is part of Advice NI’s project ‘Capturing the Impact of Welfare Reform’ funded by the Trust.

With their Civic Activism award from the Trust, Advice NI and its partners will examine those people most likely to be impacted by welfare reform in order to understand their experiences and hear their fears.

This project gave an otherwise vulnerable population a voice, but it also sought to bring transparency to this complex but crucial issue that greatly impacts many lives.

The project focussed in particular on people living in deprived areas who are reliant upon social security, families with children who may be subject to the benefit cap, people with disabilities, lone parents under 25 claiming Universal Credit, and people who may be subject to the bedroom tax – all of whom could face changes that will impact their benefits and financial situation.

Advice NI will use the information gathered to lobby and influence key decision-makers with responsibility for aspects of welfare reform, with the aim of mitigating the potential negative impacts for the most vulnerable members of the community.

To find out more, please click here. 

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