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Social Security Benefits: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made towards meeting the requirement of section 3(21) of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019, namely that the Secretary of State must, and before 1 December, publish a report on the future welfare mitigation support measures that will be in place after March 2020, unless an Executive is formed on or before 1 December.

Photo of Lord Duncan of Springbank Lord Duncan of Springbank Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has always been clear that he will continue to uphold the letter and the spirit of his obligations under the Northern Ireland (Executive Function etc) Act 2019 in full. That includes the obligation to report on welfare support measures in Northern Ireland. A report will therefore be published by 1 December 2019 if no Executive has been formed.

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