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How is our work influencing life in Northern Ireland and delivering equality? Learn more about our policy, legal and research work.

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Welfare reform
Welfare reform

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The Equality Commission's position on welfare reform

Darren McKinstry, Director, Policy & Research, outlines the main equality implications of the Welfare Reform Bill as the Commission sees them.

Equality Commission Response to the New TSN (pdf) - the Way Forward Towards an Anti-Poverty Strategy (2005)


Housing is a basic human need and provides a foundation for family and community life.  Good quality, affordable housing in safe, sustainable communities is essential to ensuring health, wellbeing and a prosperous society.  Read our recommendations (pdf) or  visit the Communities/Housing section

Childcare and women’s economic participation

We are concerned about the impact of current government policy in relation to pension reform, and indeed welfare reform, more generally. While reform of our public sector and reform of the benefits system may be necessary, we are concerned that some proposals may have the effect of undermining previous gender equality gains and, specifically, many women’s financial independence.


Disability and Welfare Reform

- IMNI report on the Dept for Communities response to Independent Review of PIP Process (pdf, July 2019)

Personal Independence Payments (PIP): ‘moving around’ activity (pdf, Aug 2013)
- Welfare Reform Rate Rebate Replacement arrangements (pdf, April 2013)
- Maximising Incomes and Outcomes – a plan for improving the uptake of benefits (pdf, Feb 2013)
- Discretionary Support Policy (pdf, Sept 2012)
- PIP: completing the detailed design (pdf, June 2012)
- Personal Independence Payments (PIP): Assessment Thresholds (pdf, April 2012)
- Independent Review of the Work Capability Assessment (pdf, May 2011)


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*Made up of: Action for Children, Advice Northern Ireland, Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre, Carers Northern Ireland, Citizens Advice Northern Ireland, Council for the Homeless Northern Ireland, Disability Action, Housing Rights Service, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Mencap, Niamh Wellbeing, Law Centre Northern Ireland, Causeway Women’s Aid, Women’s Resource and Development Agency.


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