Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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Photo of Lord Mawhinney Lord Mawhinney Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy that state benefits in Northern Ireland, and the qualifications to receive such benefits, should remain the same as those in England.

Photo of Lord Dunlop Lord Dunlop The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland

Welfare is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland. The Government is clear that we will not fund a more generous welfare system in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the United Kingdom. The Northern Ireland Executive is, however, free to make more resources available for welfare from within its block grant.

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