Minister announces extension of protections from bedroom tax

Posted by
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has announced her plans for the extension of the welfare mitigations to the bedroom tax beyond 31 March 2020. 

The mitigation scheme currently provides financial support to people who would otherwise have lost out due to welfare cuts.

Article continues below

An estimated 38,000 households are in receipt of supplementary payments which protects them from the bedroom tax.



Minister Hargey said, “We have a responsibility to protect the poorest and most vulnerable in society. 

“I am pleased to announce that today the Executive agreed to my recommendation, in line with New Decade, New Approach, for the urgent extension of the bedroom tax mitigation beyond March 2020. 

“In the coming weeks, I will introduce new legislation to extend this essential mitigation, which will continue to safeguard more than 38,000 of the most vulnerable households in our society from harsh Tory welfare cuts.”



The Minister continued, “A society is judged on how we protect the most disadvantaged. 

“I am a Minister who will fight to protect those families living in poverty; low-income families, single-parent families, those with disabilities and children and young people. 

“I am working hard to target resources towards those most in need.”



The Minister added, “There are also other mitigations which need to be looked at as we review the mitigation measures we committed to in ‘New Decade, New Approach’. 

“I will continue to work with stakeholders in moving forward with that important piece of work.”




For more of today’s top stories in Newry and beyond, click here.  



Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed


This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing

Log in