Thousands of people ‘facing eviction threat’ if welfare reform mitigation ends

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By VIEW editor Brian Pelan

A STARK warning was issued today at a meeting in Belfast that thousands of vulnerable people may be facing eviction and major loss of earnings when welfare reform mitigation measures cease in March next year.

A number of organisations, who work in the voluntary/community sector, were present at NICVA headquarters in Duncairn Gardens, including Advice NI, Law Centre NI, Cliff Edge Coalition NI, Sandy Row Community Forum, Housing Rights, Radius Housing and the East Belfast Independent Advice Clinic

Kevin Higgins, Advice NI

Kevin Higgins from Advice NI said: “There will be uproar when 34,000 Bedroom Tax households are hit with a financial tsunami.

“We are deeply fearful that when mitigation is lost by 34,000 households we will see mass evictions on an unimaginable scale.

“We must commit now to remove the threat of the mitigations cliff edge in 2020.”

The welfare reform mitigations package was part of welfare reforms measures agreed at the NI Assembly in 2015 by Sinn Fein, the DUP and the Alliance Party. The agreement allowed Westminster to implement universal credit and other welfare changes in Northern Ireland, similar to the rest of the UK

Dr Ciara Fitzpatrick, Law Centre NI
Professor Eileen Evason
Glenda Davies, Sandy Row Community Forum
Kate McAuley, Housing Rights
Keelan McGaghran, Radius Housing

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