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About us

CILNI provides a range of services to disabled people, including older people, people with learning disability and mental health service users.

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Pay CILNI Online

It’s quick and easy to make a one-off payment online with a debit or credit card.

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Coronavirus Information Hub

Information for service users concerned about coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Submit Payroll Hours

Submit your employee payroll hours online here.

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Video and Podcasts

Visit our video page for a range of informative and useful guidance videos on a variety of topics, including Direct Payments and User Stories.

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Direct payments and Self Directed Support

Information on all aspects of independent living and Direct Payments.

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Centre for Independent Living NI
Working together to enhance independence


  • We are very sad to hear of the passing of Bill Riddall

    It was with profound sadness that we learned of the death of Bill Riddall on Friday 26 March 2021. Bill was an early recruit to the Board of the Centre for Independent Living and served the organisation for over 19 years as Trustee and Honorary Treasurer. Following a distinguished career in banking with the Lloyds

    31st March 2021
  • 10 simple tips for finding and retaining good Personal Assistants

    Finding and retaining good Personal Assistants (PAs) can be a challenge for all employers and is one of the topics regularly discussed when getting started with Direct Payments. Below we look at advice and tips from some employers on how to be a good employer and how to avoid a high turnover of staff. When

    19th March 2021
  • Changes to National Minimum Wages for 2021 and How this impacts on Direct Payment Employers

    The table below shows the new National Minimum/ Living wages for the new 2021 tax year. The National Minimum Wage and the National Living wages is the amount of money that you must by law pay an employee per hour. Wage Bands            New rate           (from 1 April 2021)

    19th March 2021
  • Advice for Informal (Unpaid) Carers and Young Carers during Covid-19 Pandemic

    While CILNI’s primary focus is on directly supporting disabled people, as an organisation we fully recognise that many of our service users have important relationships with valued family members and friends who provide essential daily support.  This DoH information is to help direct them to sources of help they could find very useful during the

    4th February 2021

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