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The House of Commons has published a briefing paper “Can private landlords refuse to let to Housing Benefit claimants?”. The paper discusses private landlords’ reluctance to let to Housing Benefit claimants and considers whether this is a form of discrimination.

Some of the suggested reasons why landlords may be reluctant to rent to Housing Benefit claimants include;

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Benefits, Legislation, Homelessness

From the 6 April 2018, Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) will be changing to a loan.

SMI is a benefit paid towards the interest on a claimants mortgage and some home improvement loans. If a claimant does not opt in, SMI benefit payments will cease and they will have to pay their mortgage interest another way.

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Benefits, Money Matters, Welfare Reform, Affordability

A Housing Rights project has had recent success when a volunteer became a paid employee with STEP floating housing support team. Gintare Housing Champion with Housing Rights

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive recently published their findings from the 2017 Home Improvement Grants Survey.

The Housing Executive’s Grant Scheme provides grants for disabled facilities and mandatory repairs and, in exceptional circumstances, for discretionary renovation, replacement and home repair assistance.

Overall, the findings from the survey were very positive. The vast majority (92%) of the 712 respondents were satisfied with the scheme.

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Social Tenancies

Arguably, one of the most controversial welfare reform policies – the decision to disallow the payment of the “housing cost element” in a Universal Claim to 18 – 21 year olds – has been removed by the Government today. Housing Rights welcome what has been described as a “U-Turn” in Government policy.

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Benefits, Money Matters, Welfare Reform

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