The main elements of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the Act) came into force on 1st October 2015. The Act aims to make the laws on consumer protection clearer and easier to understand, saving consumers and businesses time and money.
Domestic violence accounts for approximately one-fifth of all recorded violent crime in Northern Ireland. Whatever form it takes, domestic violence and abuse is rarely a one off incident, it is a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour which tends to escalate over time. It often continues after the couple have separated. The following statistics show the serious extent of the problem in Northern Ireland.
Director of Housing Rights, Janet Hunter won the Exemplary Housing Professional award at the Women in Housing Awards in Manchester, on the 22 October 2015.
Janet’s passion for housing, and her belief in the ability of housing to transform lives, has grown with her years in the business. Janet has been the Director of Housing Rights since 1994, leading a highly motivated team offering a range of practical services to those in greatest housing need in Northern Ireland.
The impact on child health as a result of fuel poverty was the subject of a recent seminar held in Belfast. Housing Rights is well used to dealing with enquiries about problems with heating systems, lack of sufficient heating and financial issues relating to the cost of heating a home. In many cases this can have a knock-on effect on the condition of the home such as dampness and condensation. But, an impact that is often hidden is the effect a cold home can have on children.