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Housing Rights Consultation Response to the Programme for Government consultation & comments on the Delivery Plan for indicators 8 and 48

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.

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Housing Rights has responded to the consultation on the draft Programme for Government (PfG), and the Delivery Plan for PfG indicators 8 and 48. In our response, we highlighted the following key points:

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Policy, NI Assembly

The Department for Communities have released the 2015/16 Northern Ireland Housing Statistics. These statistics cover a broad range of areas including homelessness, rent levels, and trends in the owner-occupier sector.

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Research, Policy

Housing Rights Research Briefing on Affordability in the Private Rented Sector

This briefing presents the findings of available research into living in the PRS and considers: 

  • The households that currently live in the PRS 
  • The motivations for low-income households to rent privately 
  • The affordability issues private tenants face 
  • Property conditions and affordability in the PRS 

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Affordability

Housing Right Briefing on Licensing in the Private Rented Sector

This briefing considers the need for increased landlord regulation in the private rented sector, examining the need for licensing, best practice experience elsewhere and concludes with key principles which should inform the development of any such proposals.

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Landlord

The number of people accepted as homeless in Northern Ireland has increased by 13% since 2012/13.  The key to tackling this is to work to prevent homelessness from happening in the first place, according to research published this week by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 

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Research, Policy, Homelessness

The Assembly has recently debated an Opposition motion on homelessness and housing supply in Northern Ireland.

Homelessness and housing 

The motion was brought to the Assembly by MLAs from the UUP and SDLP:

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Social Tenancies, Policy, Homelessness, NI Assembly

Housing Rights, with support from TDS NI, will be holding it’s annual conference on private renting in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 23 November 2016, in East Belfast Network Centre.

This one-day conference will examine best practice for the private rented sector across the UK and Ireland.

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Research, Private Tenancies, Policy

Housing Rights Responds on House of Lords Select Committee on Financial Exclusion:

In the course of our work, we regularly advise and represent clients who are financially excluded. In our experience, financial exclusion is a significant concern in Northern Ireland, and the patterns of this exclusion are often distinct from the rest of the United Kingdom.  Housing Rights is therefore grateful for the opportunity to offer some comments on several topics highlighted in the Select Committee’s call for evidence.

 

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Money Matters, Welfare Reform, Policy

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