Disability Action Update: Closure of Information and Advice Service in Belfast


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Disability Action Update: Closure of Information and Advice Service in Belfast

01 September 2017

From Thursday 31 August Disability Action will no longer be able to provide an information and advice service through our Belfast office (no other services are impacted).  Due to a range of funding cuts and failure to identify additional sources of funding the Board and Chief Executive have had to take the difficult decision to close the service.

The Disability Resource Centre in Carrickfergus is unaffected.

Our Dungannon office will continue to provide a reduced service until the end of March. 

Referrals should only be made to Carrickfergus and Dungannon if the person is living in that area.

We understand that this is a difficult time to be closing the information and advice service, particularly with the changes to welfare benefits. 

The Welfare Changes Freephone Helpline is available for those seeking support with changes to benefits. 
They can be contacted on 0808 802 0020 or by email: welfarechanges@adviceni.net

This service (provided by CAB, Advice NI and Law Centre NI) can offer free and independent advice on DLA, Personal Independence Payment, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.

For other areas that you may require advice on you should contact your local advice agency.  You can use the Advice NI website to find a local agency - http://www.adviceni.net/ or use the CAB Website to find your nearest CAB - https://www.citizensadvice.co.uk/

We understand that the closure of the service will have a significant impact on people.  We will continue to work to source additional funding to provide this vital service.

Closure of Training Unit - Beyond Disability 

Disability Action's training unit 'Beyond Disability' also closed on Thursday 31 August.  Any training that has already been booked will be delivered as agreed by associate trainers.

Training enquiries received from September 2017 will be referred to other training providers.  Details of these training providers will shortly be available on the Disability Action website.

Kevin Doherty
Chief Executive

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