DUNGANNON District will lose £23million annually due to controversial new welfare reforms, which equates to around £610 per working age resident, it has been revealed.
The biggest shake-up of social security benefits in decades will hit the most vulnerable in the local district the hardest.
Residents receiving child benefit, DLA, incapacity benefits, and tax credits have been warned to brace themselves.
The prediction has been made in a new report launched by academics from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU).
Seamus McAleavey, chief executive of the NI Council for Voluntary Action, said: “The twin challenges of a low wage economy and high levels of people with disabilities mean that for Northern Ireland the economic impact of welfare reform will be severe.”
Unsurprisingly, researchers said that the most deprived areas would face the largest losses.
The Westminster government claims the reforms - the biggest shake-up of social security benefits in decades - will streamline payments and stop fraud.
Under the changes six benefits will be brought together in a single, monthly Universal Credit payment.
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is also being replaced with a personal independence payment, which means claimants being independently assessed every three years instead of assessing themselves.
The biggest financial losses arise from reforms to incapacity benefits (£230 million a year), changes to Tax Credits (£135 million-a-year) and reforms to Disability Living Allowance (£105 million-a-year).
The Housing Benefit reforms result in more modest reductions - an estimated £20 million-a-year from the so-called bedroom tax - but for the households affected the sums are still large.
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland responded swiftly to the report saying a large element of the £750m related to controls in future uplifts of individual benefits and he likened it to “what many working families have had to deal with during the recession”.
He said: “These measures are already in place. This money has never been in the pockets of individual claimants in Northern Ireland.”
The research commissioned by the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) has identified Belfast, Derry and Strabane as the council areas which will be hardest hit by reform.
Dungannon Distict is the 12th worst hit area in Northern Ireland.
People on Incapacity Benefit and Disability Living allowance will be switched on to new benefits with a tougher test, while some family will lose child benefit and tax credits.