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Housing and debt helpline for Northern Ireland – 028 9024 5640

March 2014

Zoë Anderson is the Communications Manager at Start360. Start360 is the new name for Opportunity Youth and is Northern Ireland’s leading provider of support services to young people, adult offenders and families in the community, providing a range of services and interventions in the areas of health, justice and the economy.

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Opinion

Zoë Anderson is the Communications Manager at Start 360, the new name for Opportunity Youth.  Start360 is Northern Ireland’s leading provider of support services to young people, adult offenders and families in the community, providing a range of services and interventions in the areas of health, justice and the economy. Below she outlines her 3 wishes if asked for them by the housing genie.

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Housing Genie

Caoimhe works for Housing Rights Service. She is the Housing Advice Development Worker at Hydebank Wood Prison and Young Offenders Centre (YOC). Her work sees her trying to find housing solutions for young male inmates aged 18-21 years old and adult female prisoners.

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Practical tips, Homelessness

We’ve seen a lot more enquires about Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) since the changes to Local Housing Allowance back in 2011.  These discretionary payments can be a real lifeline for tenants who are renting privately and relying on housing benefit to meet their housing costs. 

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Adviser

Responses to the DSD proposals for a Housing (Anti Social Behaviour Bill) NI close on the 24 March 2014. Nicola McCrudden, Housing Rights Service Policy Manager, outlines her concerns about the content of these proposals.

The nature of anti social behaviour

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Social Tenancies, Policy, Homelessness, Opinion

There’s a huge thirst for information about the bedroom tax and its possible impact here, as evidenced by our sold out briefing session last month.  At the session, we looked at some of the key arguments against this policy that have been heard by tribunals in Great Britain.  These cases will be of great interest to housing and welfare professionals.

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Social Tenancies, Welfare Reform, Legal

In January 2013 Nelson McCausland, the Minister for Social Development, announced proposals to radically change the way social housing is delivered in Northern Ireland.  A Social Housing Reform Programme (SHRP) was set up to look at the Minister’s proposals to establish a housing model

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Social Tenancies, Policy

In the course of a normal week, advisers at Housing Rights Service speak with about 150 callers who are experiencing some kind of housing problem.  Often these people are ringing out of frustration because they are having serious difficulties getting repairs done or they’re hugely disappointed with the standard of work that’s been done in their homes.

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Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies

A report produced by HML mortgage group states that over half a million households in the UK are affected by negative equity.  

Northern Ireland is the region most severely affected with 41% of homeowners, around 68,000 people, owing more than the current market value of their home.

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Repossession

A number of consultation events are just about to get underway to look at new proposals for the operation and administration for the provision of energy efficiency improvements for low income households.

The events are being held as part of a consultation process which is looking at targeting help at low income households, regardless of whether they are in receipt of benefits. The events are being held as follows:

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Affordability