We've rounded up some of the questions answered by Communities Minister Paul Givan during January.
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
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.
Helping to keep our members up-to-date with the latest information on housing legislation, policy and practice is an important part of the work of Housing Rights and a key function of the Policy and Practice Team. One way in which we do this is through the Housing Advice Practitioners’ Forum.
From 30th January 2017, the amount of time for which a claimant will be able to receive Housing Benefit whilst temporarily absent from Northern Ireland will be reduced, in most cases, to a maximum of 4 weeks. The change applies to both working age claimants and state pension credit age claimants.
Housing Rights is seriously concerned that the potential dissolution of the Assembly could have the unintended consequence of the Executive failing to mitigate the introduction of the Social Sector Size Criteria (the so-called “bedroom tax”) in Northern Ireland.
On Friday 10 March, we will be having a drinks reception, some great live music and a bit of supper. And, always good for a any night out, its BYO (bring your own drink). So at £20 a ticket, it’s a bargain!