Housing Rights is piloting a new service that aims to prevent homelessness amongst people leaving prison by continuing to support these people beyond the prison gates. We are very grateful to the NI Housing Executive for providing us with the funding to run this service, known as “Beyond the Gate”.
Supreme Court judges have criticised the benefit cap. The Supreme Court found that the policy failed to comply with Article 3 (1) of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This article provides that “in all actions concerning children … the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration”.
Deposit protection was introduced in Northern Ireland in 2013 with the stated intention of providing "assurances for tenants and protection for landlords helping to minimise long drawn out legal proceedings and disputes".
Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has announced that he is increasing funding to the Mortgage Debt Advice Service, provided by Housing Rights, by 50%.
The increase in funding will enable Housing Rights to provide valuable support to more people who are in mortgage crisis and further help reduce the risk of people facing homelessness and repossession.
On the 9th March, Housing Rights celebrated 50 years of service at a recent Stormont event, hosted by Junior Minister Jennifer McCann MLA. Mervyn Storey MLA, Minister for Social Development also attended the celebration.
The event had over 100 guests, who have had links with Housing Rights in some way in the past and at the moment.
Despite parties reaching broad agreement on welfare reform as part of the Stormont House agreement in December, Sinn Fein lodged a petition of concern yesterday. The petition, also supported by the SDLP, effectively blocks further passage of the bill through the Assembly.