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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has recommended that independent housing advice services are provided in England, Scotland and Wales in order to improve housing affordability for low-income households. The recommendation is one of four proposals identified in a recently published policy report examining housing and life experiences

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The Department for Communities has released the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for October to December 2017.  The Bulletin highlights trends in several current policy issues such as homelessness, housing supply and house prices.

Homelessness

3,889 households presented as homeless to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive during October – December 2017. This is a decrease of 744 (16%) from the previous quarter (4,643).

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Since 2015, FEANTSA and the Fondation Abbé Pierre have released a yearly Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe. These annual reports look at the latest Eurostat data (EU-SILC) and assess EU countries' capacity to adequately house their populations.

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The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), released a report in February 2018 on the circumstances of home-owners and those in poverty in NI. The Home-owners and Poverty in Northern Ireland report reaffirmed concerns that there are higher numbers of homeowners in NI living in poverty than anywhere else in the UK.

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Research, Policy, Affordability

The Department for Communities has released the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for July – September 2017. The Bulletin demonstrates ongoing trends in several current policy issues, such as homelessness, housing supply and house prices.

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Research, Social Tenancies, Policy

Response to Report of the September 2017 Review of Civil Justice

Due to our developing experience and expertise in this area, Housing Rights strongly feels that there is a role for alternative forms of dispute resolution in tackling housing disputes. Housing Rights therefore welcomes the opportunity to engage in the review of civil justice. In particular, we are eager to engage with the Review’s recommendations to develop a pilot online dispute resolution system, and the creation of a Civil Justice Council as a strategic driver of improvements in civil justice.

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Response for a breathing space scheme for people in serious debt

Our work includes helping people with mortgage, tenancy and other housing debts, and working to ensure that our clients are empowered to sustain their tenancies. Whilst the consultation on a “breathing space” scheme is initially relevant to England, Housing Rights welcomes the potential for this to be extended to Wales and Northern Ireland, and is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute on this basis. 

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Policy, Affordability

The Department for Communities (The Department) within their recent consultation- “A Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations” ask for views on a proposal to have an independent, tenure-neutral housing advice service for Northern Ireland (NI).

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Policy, Opinion

Housing Rights response to DfC proposals - A fundamental review of social housing allocations

We welcome the publication of a Review which aims to achieve a fair, transparent and effective Housing Selection Scheme in Northern Ireland, ensuring applicants in the greatest need have their housing needs met. It is Housing Rights’ view that further evaluation and/or refinement of some of the proposals cited could strengthen the impact of such proposals and ensure the Department’s aim is achieved. Housing Rights has offered the organisation’s views on how this may be best achieved within our response. 

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