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We've rounded up some of the questions answered by Communities Minister Paul Givan during January.

Welfare Reform

To ask the Minister for Communities whether he has, or intends to explore the potential of a universal basic income model instead of the current benefit system. Mr Robin Swann, UUP- North Antrim.  AQW9133-/16-21

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NI Assembly

The Government has issued a new set of Immigration Regulations to commence on 1st February 2017. The Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 revoke and replace the 2006 Regulations.

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Minority Groups, Regulation, Equality, Legal

Landlords and agents who fail to protect a tenant’s deposit face fixed penalty charges and, ultimately, prosecution.  Solicitor Chris McGrath discusses the risks that landlords face if they don’t ensure that deposits have been adequately protected.

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Private Tenancies, Legal

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

On Monday 16th January, the mitigations for the Social Sector Size Criteria (“bedroom tax”) were approved by the Assembly. Here we look in detail at what the “bedroom tax” policy is, and how the mitigations will work in practice.

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Benefits, Social Tenancies, Welfare Reform, Affordability