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Newry and Downpatrick are the next areas in Northern Ireland to have Universal Credit introduced on the 16 May 2018.

This new benefit will replace Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit, Income Support, Income based Job Seekers Allowance and income related Employment and Support Allowance.  Anyone of working age who gets these benefits will be affected.

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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.


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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We are delighted that our Head of Operations Jim O’Callaghan was Highly Commended in the “Leading for Impact” category of the CO3 leadership awards.  The award seeks to recognise those who clearly demonstrate strong leadership in adopting impact practice into their organisation. 

Jim leads all our quality work and is responsible for monitoring service and client data for Housing Rights. 

Back in November 2017, Chancellor for the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, announced a £1.5 billion package to address some of the concerns which have been raised in relation to Universal Credit. One of the main measures introduced was the concept of a “Housing Benefit transitional payment for Universal Credit claimants”.

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Benefits, Money Matters, Welfare Reform, Affordability