Published on 29 October 2012 01:00 PM
Over 4,000 people in Northern Ireland have more money in their pockets today than they did this time last year.
Making the announcement, Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland, said he was delighted with the success of his Department’s Benefit Uptake Campaign for 2011/12, which saw over 4,000 people receive an extra £13.1million in new and additional benefits, trebling the outcomes from last year.
Nelson McCausland said: “My Department has stepped up its work and is investing more than ever before in new initiatives to promote benefit uptake and I am delighted with our success this year.
“It is vital that we ensure all those who are entitled to benefits receive them. The fact that we have managed to secure an additional £13.1million this year for people in need in Northern Ireland – which is more than three times the amount for the previous year - is very encouraging. I am committed to making sure that our efforts in this area continue and grow.”
Local people, including pensioners, who benefited from the uptake campaign were better off by an average of £60 per week.
Nelson McCausland said: “The current economic climate is putting real pressure on everyone, especially many of our more vulnerable citizens. £13.1million is a substantial amount of money that will not only make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable individuals in our society during these challenging financial times, but will also make an impact on local economies as this extra cash will be spent in local businesses in Northern Ireland.”