Supporting Communities with Welfare Reform

Supporting Communities with Welfare Reform

Published on Wednesday, 06 December 2017

Posted in News

Universal Credit is a payment for people over 18 but under State Pension age who are on a low income or out of work. Universal Credit will be introduced for new claims on a phased geographical basis across Northern Ireland from September 2017 to September 2018. 

Universal Credit will replace:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit (rental)

Advice NI are running training sessions on Universal Credit Awareness and Money Management.

Universal Credit Awareness

22 February 2018, 10am – 1pm.

This FREE half-day training session provided by Advice NI is aimed at advisers and others working with groups who will be impacted by Welfare Reform.

It provides participants with an overview of which means tested benefits Universal Credit replaces, how entitlement is calculated, how it works for different groups of people interfacing with the benefit and when it will be implemented in the different geographical areas of Northern Ireland.

For more information or to book your place go to

Money Management

Advice NI are providing free training to help people affected by Welfare Reform make their money go further. The course aims to help participants understand the possible financial impact of Welfare Reform and how to support those affected within their community.

To book a free place at a scheduled upcoming session go to 

Topics covered will include budgeting, borrowing, spending, managing money within households, financial inclusion, digital inclusion, using online tools to manage money, signposting to support services and useful tools and information to support money management.

Date Time Location
11 December 2017    10am to 4pm    Ballybot House, Newry
15 December 2017 10am to 4pm Advice NI, Belfast
9 January 2018 10am to 4pm STEP NI, Dungannon
11 January 2018 10am to 4pm Ballymoney Resource Centre
17 January 2018 10am to 4pm Ballybot House, Newry
7 February 2018 10am to 4pm STEP NI, Dungannon
12 February 2018 10am to 4pm Verbal Arts Centre, Derry
15 February 2018 10am to 4pm Advice NI, Belfast


Go to to check for further sessions and locations.

There is also a Freephone Helpline - call 0808 802 0020, Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm.