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Two research papers, recently published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and Cardiff Metropolitan University, put forward recommendations to improve the Universal Credit (UC) system.

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Research, Welfare Reform, Affordability

A recent report from the Work and Pensions Committee has found the prison rehabilitation system “in desperate need of reform”.  The report calls for improvements to be made to the, currently fragmented, support offered to people leaving prison, so that a transition into the community may be as smooth and positive as possible.  The report states that currently:

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Minority Groups, Research, Homelessness

A new report from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has found that migrants, British citizens without passports and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups living in England are being discriminated against when searching for a home in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), due to the Government’s Right to Rent Scheme.  

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Minority Groups, Research, Equality, Landlord

New research by Bristol University has investigated the UK poverty premium – when low-income households pay more for essential goods and services compared to those on higher incomes. 

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Money Matters, Research, Affordability

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

This latest report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and New Policy Institute analyses current data to present a comprehensive picture of poverty in the UK.  By examining both who is in poverty and how poverty effects people’s lives, the report offers a detailed account of poverty in the UK today. 

Among a number of key points, the report shows that:

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Research, Welfare Reform

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

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

Northern Ireland has seen home ownership fall from 73% at its peak in 2006, to 63% now. A think tank from the Resolution Foundation used data from the Office for National Statistics' Labour Force Survey (LFS) to look at home ownership in the UK. 

They found that Northern Ireland has seen the biggest fall in home ownership in the UK.

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Money Matters, Research, Private Tenancies, Affordability

The Housing Executive has recently released their ‘Mapping Foreign Nationals Living in Northern Ireland’ report. Estimating the number of foreign nationals living in Northern Ireland can be difficult. But this report uses information from the Census 2011, information gathered from the NIHE local offices and other key reports.

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Minority Groups, Research, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies

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