Welfare Reform Bill [HL]

House of Lords written question – answered on 7th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Northern Ireland Executive will be required to implement changes to social security and housing benefit contained in the Welfare Reform Bill, if it is enacted.

Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Responsibility for the social security system in Northern Ireland is devolved. There is, however, a longstanding policy of parity with Great Britain. The Northern Ireland Executive will bring forward their own legislation in due course.

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