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Housing advice for Northern Ireland

Welfare reform and housing

Welfare reform and housing
Welfare reform and housing in Northern Ireland

There have been lots of changes to benefits over the past number of years and more changes are coming. These changes could affect how you pay for your home, so it's important to understand how you will be affected. 

Most people who need to start claiming benefits will now claim Universal Credit. You can make and manage a Universal Credit claim online. The phone number for Universal Credit in Northern Ireland is 0800 012 1331 

If you own your own home and receive certain benefits, you can apply for Support for Mortgage Interest. This is a payment made to help homeowners with the cost of the mortgage on their mortgage and on certain loans.

It's now a loan payment that will have to be paid back

For years, people who needed extra financial support to cope with a disability received Disability Living Allowance. This allowance is now being replaced by a new payment, the Personal Independence Payment.

If you are over 18 and under pension age, you will be assessed for PIP if you need extra financial help because of a disability.  Children will still be able to claim DLA. 

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