Social Security Agency (Northern Ireland)

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For the United States agency, see Social Security Administration.

The Social Security Agency is a government agency in Northern Ireland. It is a department within the Department for Social Development (DSD), dealing with social security.


The SSA deal with the benefits given to people who may be unemployed, supporting children under 16, unemployed with medical conditions etc. Their main goals are to:

  • Assess and pay social security benefits accurately and securely
  • Give advice and information about these benefits
  • Handle reviews and appeals
  • Prevent and detect benefit fraud, prosecute offenders and recover any benefit which has been paid incorrectly
  • Recover benefit which has been paid in compensation cases
  • Assess people’s financial circumstances if they are applying for legal aid


The SSA building (in the foreground) lies in the grounds of Stormont Castle (background).

The SSA's headquarters are located on the Stormont estate, close to Parliament Buildings. Their service extends to all of Northern Ireland, but also to 3 districts within London through back-office services on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions.

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