UK welfare reforms to hit NI hardest

UK govt.™s welfare reforms to hit N. Ireland hardest: Report

A report shows that the UK government™s welfare reforms will hit Northern Ireland the hardest.

The British government™s changes to the country’s welfare system will hit the Northern Ireland economy harder than anywhere else across the UK, a new report shows.

According to a study commissioned by the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), welfare reforms will take £750 million a year out of the economy in Northern Ireland, the equivalent of £650 annually for each working adult.

Moreover, the report found that Belfast, with an expected loss of £840 per adult of working age, is hit harder than any other major city in the UK.

Londonderry and Strabane, where many people are in receipt of benefits, were also found to be among the worst-affected areas in Britain.

“The twin challenges of a low wage economy and high levels of people with disabilities mean that for Northern Ireland the economic impact of welfare reform will be severe,” said Seamus McAleavey of NICVA, an umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector.

The UK government™s changes to the country’s welfare system, including the controversial “bedroom tax”, have been widely criticized for targeting the most vulnerable in the society.

Earlier in August, thousands of Britons took part in a “mass sleep out” in towns and cities across the UK and called on the government to axe the controversial housing benefit reform known as the spare room subsidy.

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