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The Scheme of Emergency Financial Assistance (SEFA) is designed to aid individual householders who have suffered severe inconvenience as a result of internal flooding to their properties.

Published 20 June 2023Circulars

The Department for Communities (DfC) is the responsible authority for the Local Government Pension Scheme (Northern Ireland) (LGPS (NI)) under the Public Service Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2014 (2014 c.2).

Published 16 June 2023Consultation reports

The Economic and Social Research Review aims to capture and disseminate key economic and social research relevant to the Department’s policy agenda to inform evidence-based policy making.

Published 16 June 2023Statistical reports

Northern Ireland Child Maintenance Service Statistics: Data to March 2023 (experimental)

This quarterly publication provides an overview on the performance of the Child Maintenance Service in Northern Ireland. This publication contains information up to the quarter ending March 2023.

Published 14 June 2023Statistical reports

This document sets out the Terms and Conditions for employers who wish to accept an offer of funding from DfC through the JobStart Scheme.

Published 14 June 2023Policy papers

This Order will permit and facilitate the move from an entirely paper based process to one which permits the use of an electronic claim form and electronic communications in connection with a claim for a Budgeting Loan.

Published 12 June 2023Legislation and regulations

The Department for Communities aims to develop a refreshed independent advice and debt policy and delivery framework.

Published 08 June 2023Guidance literature

Childcare costs have increased significantly in recent years and can form a real barrier to work for parents.

Published 07 June 2023Legislation and regulations

This report contains a detailed balance sheet and statement of income and expenditure for the Northern Ireland Central Investment Fund for Charities 2022.

Published 02 June 2023Corporate reports

Benefits Statistics Summary Publication (National Statistics) - February 2023

The Benefits Statistics Summary is released quarterly in the last week of February, May, August and November.

Published 31 May 2023Statistical reports

Universal Credit Statistics - February 2023

Universal Credit is a new payment to help support households that are out of work or are on a low income. Universal Credit was introduced in Northern Ireland on a phased geographical basis from 27 September 2017.

Published 31 May 2023Statistical reports

Sure Start Maternity Grants (SSMG) help with costs of a new baby, usually payable only when there are no other children aged under 16 in the household.

Published 31 May 2023Legislation and regulations

Personal Independence Payment Statistics - February 2023

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a new benefit replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged between 16 to 64 years. PIP and DLA cannot be claimed at the same time. PSU have compiled statistics on the following within PIP:

Published 31 May 2023Statistical reports

Benefit Cap Statistics - February 2023

The Benefit Cap is a limit on the total amount of benefit that working-age people can receive. From 31 May 2016, the amount a household could receive in benefit income was limited to £26,000 per annum.

Published 31 May 2023Statistical reports

Vacancies: Statistical Bulletin 2022/23 Financial Year

This Statistical Bulletin, which is published once a year (along with three Statistical Factsheets), presents key information on employment vacancies which have been notified to the Department for Communities (DfC).

Published 31 May 2023Statistical reports

These Regulations will temporarily increase the Winter Fuel Payment lump sum by £300 for winter 2023/24.

Published 30 May 2023Legislation and regulations

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are an important part of the private rented sector and can provide affordable housing for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in society, or those on low incomes, students and migrant workers.

Published 26 May 2023Guidance literature

Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin January - March 2023

The Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin is a quarterly bulletin containing information on new housing starts and completions, homelessness, the NI House Price Index and new house sales and prices.

Published 25 May 2023Statistical reports

These financial statements relate to the Charitable Donations & Bequests Accounts detailing receipts and payments for the financial year 2021.

Published 22 May 2023Corporate reports

Regulation 2 would amend regulation 29(5) of the Universal Credit Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 to correct an oversight in the re-drafting of the earlier amendment which left an unintended consequence, whereby a claimant who has been determined to have Limited Capability

Published 19 May 2023Legislation and regulations

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