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When everyone has a home

Housing and debt helpline for Northern Ireland – 028 9024 5640

August 2018

Citizens Advice have recently published a report unveiling the extent of so-called ‘retaliatory evictions’ within the private rental sector.

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Outside NI, Regulation, Private Tenancies, Landlord

As students across Northern Ireland get their ‘A’ level results many will be thinking about moving out of home for the first time.

Many students choose to rent privately, which can be a daunting experience for any first time renter. Our Advice Service Manager, Catherine Feely says:

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Private Tenancies

Universal Credit is currently being rolled out across Northern Ireland, with a number of areas already under the scheme. It replaces Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits, Income Support, Income-based Job Seekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Housing Benefit (with the exception of exempt accommodation types).  Anyone of working age who currently receives these benefits will be affected.

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Legislation, Practical tips

Government Ministers have launched a new strategy with the aim of eliminating rough sleeping in England by 2027.

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Policy, Homelessness

Housing Rights was today part of a delegation led by Nichola Mallon MLA, to meet with the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities to discuss the operation of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs).

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Policy

Research conducted by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has found that Universal Credit claimants set to lose hundreds of pounds a year, simply as a result of when their paydays and assessment dates fall.

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Benefits, Regulation, Welfare Reform

A recent ruling in England could assist those that had been in receipt of receipt of disability premiums with legacy benefits and who have since migrated to Universal Credit.

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Benefits, Outside NI, Policy