We've rounded up some of the questions answered by Communities Minister Paul Givan during January.
To ask the Minister for Communities whether he has, or intends to explore the potential of a universal basic income model instead of the current benefit system. Mr Robin Swann, UUP- North Antrim. AQW9133-/16-21
Housing Rights offers comments on the draft Programme for Government (PfG) (see particularly paragraphs 3-4) and the Delivery Plan for Indicators 8 and 48 (see particularly paragraphs 5-8) in this consultation response.
New legislation has just been passed which will delay the implementation date for the bedroom tax in NI from 23 January 2017 to 20 February 2017. The new legislation also makes new provision for social tenants to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) in specific circumstances.
To ask the Minister for Communities whether he has given consideration to introducing a minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating requirement in order to rent out a domestic property, as will be the case in England and Wales from April 2018. Mr Steven Agnew, Green Party AQW 2781/16-21