Welfare Reform Act 2012: Northern Ireland
Work and Pensions

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Lady Hermon (North Down, Independent)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Minister for Social Development in the Northern Ireland Executive about the effect of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 on Northern Ireland.

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Chris Grayling (The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions; Epsom and Ewell, Conservative)

Within the Department for Work and Pensions, Lord Freud is the Minister with lead responsibility for Welfare Reform. He is also the Minister with lead responsibility for liaison with Ministers from the Northern Ireland Executive.

Lord Freud had discussions with the Nelson McCausland, Minister for Social Development regarding welfare reforms on 31 August, 1 September 2011 and 1 March 2012.

The Minister for Disabled People, my hon. Friend Maria Miller, has also had discussions with the Minister on various issues regarding welfare reform on 16 November 2011. Further ministerial meetings are planned following Royal Assent.

Department for Work and Pensions Officials are in permanent communication with their Northern Ireland counterparts on issues related to welfare reform.

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