Housing Rights and Law Centre (NI) have submitted a response to the Social Security Advisory Committee’s consultation on the Department for Work and Pensions’ proposed changes to Housing Benefit and Pension Credit, concerning temporary absences from Great Britain.
Although these Regulations initially refer to Great Britain only, it is expected that similar policies will be introduced in Northern Ireland, to ensure parity.
The Access to Justice report has a positive message of retaining funding for housing cases and its particular reference to protecting people’s homes. Nonetheless, Housing Rights does have a general concern that a significant group of people have been overlooked in the report. There is much emphasis in the report about preventing the loss of a person’s home; and rightly so, as prevention of homelessness is a core area of work for Housing Rights. But, as discussed in its original consultation response, Housing Rights believes that the definition of homelessness should be considered in as wide a context as possible.
Housing Rights welcomes the review of the Private Rented Sector and supports further regulation which has the objective of enhancing the capacity of the sector to deliver homes which are fit for the future.