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Maskey welcomes benefits uptake scheme

25 January, 2013 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA and chairperson of the Social Development Committee, Alex Maskey, has welcomed the bringing forward of a benefit uptake programme by the Department of Social Development.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“I welcome the announcement that the Department of Social Development will be initiating a three year strategy aimed at benefit uptake.

“There are literally millions of pounds that are unclaimed when it comes to benefits in the north. The benefit system is designed to ease the burden on the vulnerable in society and many different forms of benefit exist, some that many don’t even know about or if they are entitled to them.

“Given the current economic climate even the slightest of increases in benefit payments to those who are entitled to them can make a world of difference.

“Under the strategy announced today the Department aims to generate a minimum of £30 million for 10,000 claimants over the next three years.”

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