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Housing Rights has recently responded to a Housing Executive consultation on their draft Rural Policy Proposals.

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Minority Groups, Policy, Equality, Affordability

The Department for Social Development is keen to hear more from tenants who are currently renting a home from a private landlord or through a private agent in Northern Ireland.  The Department is currently carrying out a comprehensive review of the private rented sector.  

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Private Tenants Forum, Private Tenancies, Policy, NI Assembly

Joint response to SSAC consultation on The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Housing Rights and Law Centre (NI) have submitted a response to the Social Security Advisory Committee’s consultation on the Department for Work and Pensions’ proposed changes to Housing Benefit and Pension Credit, concerning temporary absences from Great Britain.

Although these Regulations initially refer to Great Britain only, it is expected that similar policies will be introduced in Northern Ireland, to ensure parity.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Policy

The Assembly’s Social Development Committee has published its Report on the Houses in Multiple Occupation Bill. The committee report has accepted recommendations made by Housing Rights in written and oral evidence.

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Private Tenancies, Policy, NI Assembly

Response to the Review of the Private Rented Sector

Housing Rights welcomes the review of the Private Rented Sector and supports further regulation which has the objective of enhancing the capacity of the sector to deliver homes which are fit for the future.

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Private Tenancies, Policy

The View, an independent social affairs magazine, has released their latest issue, focusing solely on housing.

Edited by Professor Paddy Gray, University of Ulster, and supported by the Housing Executive, the publication looks at the issues surrounding housing in Northern Ireland.

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Fitness, Private Tenancies, Policy
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The Assembly’s Social Development Committee has published its Report on the Housing (Amendment) Bill. In this, the Committee have accepted two recommendations made by Housing Rights in written and oral evidence.

The Housing (Amendment) Bill was introduced to the Assembly in 2015; amongst other clauses, the Bill aimed to allow information-sharing to and between the NI Housing Executive and registered housing associations in relation to antisocial behaviour.

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Policy, NI Assembly, Legal

Response to NIHE Financial Inclusion Strategy

Housing Rights supports the Housing Executive’s aim of tackling financial inclusion by improving their customers’ financial wellbeing. We view this strategy as a positive recognition by the Housing Executive of their role in supporting tenants in this area.

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Money Matters, Social Tenancies, Policy
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Professor Eileen Evason’s working group has published its report on how Welfare Reform should be mitigated by the NI Executive. The group’s recommendations include the full mitigation of the “bedroom tax”, and the mitigation of the household benefits cap, for an initial period of 4 years.

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Benefits, Money Matters, Social Tenancies, Welfare Reform, Policy


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