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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

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

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)

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

Health and Social Care workers in NI to receive £500 recognition payment

CILNI welcomes Health Minister, Robin Swan’s announcement that social care workers are to get a “special recognition” payment of £500 for their work during the pandemic.  He has described carers as “among the greatest unsung heroes” of the pandemic. The minister added that he recognised the payment may pose challenges for some of the lower-paid

Why choose CILNI as your payroll provider?

-CILNI operates an Advice, Information and Advocacy service on independent living for the Health and Social Care Board as part of a one-stop-shop service for Direct Payment users across NI. -CILNI provides a range of complimentary services, besides payroll processing, to support individuals to manage their employment responsibilities through the use of Direct Payments -CILNI

Payroll Update

With Christmas around the corner and in anticipation of office closures over the festive period, we are writing to ask that you send us an advance notice of any changes to your December payroll by 11th December 2020. We appreciate that this may require you to make a forecast that might later be inaccurate but

New Communication Access Symbol and Training

Millions of people across the UK experience communication difficulties every day. The Communication Access Symbol and training will support inclusive communication for all. Communication Access UK is an initiative developed by the RCSLT, in partnership with several leading charities and organisations, that share a vision to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties. In an

Free flu jab in pharmacies for PAs

Are you aware that because your PAs are deemed as essential, key frontline workers, they are eligible to receive a free flu vaccination.  As PAs won’t have an employer ID card or other forms of HSC registration, the letter linked below, once completed by you, will enable them to identify themselves as eligible key workers

Get Online Week – 19 to 25 October 2020

LibrariesNI, Supporting Communities, Digi Skills, Ulster Bank, Ignite IT and RNIB have all teamed up to provide remote training on many topics including: email social media iPads e-magazines device settings shopping online apps scams passwords These informational sessions can help you stay safe online, give you the resources and tools to improve your skills, get