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The Department for Communities has released the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for July – September 2017. The Bulletin demonstrates ongoing trends in several current policy issues, such as homelessness, housing supply and house prices.

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The Department for Communities announced today they have reviewed and updated the roll out schedule for Universal Credit in Northern Ireland.

As a result, the roll out phase which was due to complete in September 2018 will now be extended to December 2018.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Affordability
Diana housing champion giving advice

In 2017, Housing Rights sought out to enhance the housing advice service provided to black and ethnic minority (BME) communities in Northern Ireland through a peer project with the support of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.  The Housing Champions project long-term goals are to equip BME communities with the information they need to make informed and appropriate housing decisions, and know how to access better quality housing.

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Minority Groups
As from the 8th January 2018 the rules concerning judicial review procedure have changed. On this date The Rules of the Court of Judicature (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) 2017 became operative and omitted reference to ‘promptly and in any event.’ 

The impact of this change

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Regulation, Case law, Legal
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Strabane and Lisnagelvin will be the fourth area in Northern Ireland to have Universal Credit introduced on the 17 January 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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Benefits, Money Matters