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Amendments to Clause 69 of the Welfare Reform Bill
Response to NIHE Consultation on Changes to the Housing Selection Scheme - January 2013
Housing Rights Service (HRS) believes that the under-occupancy sanction has the potential to cause real hardship and distress to many claimants and their families. We are worried the measure will have a disproportionate impact in Northern Ireland given the existing composition of the housing stock and high levels of under-occupation in social housing. In our opinion, the policy will do nothing to ease local housing pressures because the greatest demand is currently for smaller properties -precisely those that the ‘spare bedroom tax’ will force social tenants to try to move to. We believe the penalty will result in increased rent arrears and eviction resulting in tenants having to leave long established communities away from friends, family and other support networks.
Social Development Committee Submission: Welfare Reform Bill October 2012
The Welfare Reform Bill allows for significant changes to the benefits system to be introduced by regulations. HRS is concerned that some areas of policy detail are not yet sufficiently developed to allow adequate scrutiny at this stage. The Universal Credit (UC) regulations have not been drafted in NI but the equivalent, the Draft Universal Credit Regulations 2012, have been published in Britain. We have serious concerns about the content of the draft regulations which we highlight in this submission.
A Response to the Department of Social Development on behalf of the Housing Rights Service and
This submission has been produced jointly by Law Centre (NI) and Housing Rights Service.
The consultation paper on discretionary support is of particular relevance to Law Centre (NI)
Our ability to reply to this consultation exercise is limited by significant gaps in policy detail.
Law Centre (NI) and Housing Rights Service Response to the Social Security Advisory Committee’s Request for an Assessment of
This submission has been compiled jointly by Law Centre (NI) and Housing Rights Service.It is a response respond to SSAC’s request for an assessment of the impact of the DSD’s proposals to freeze the LHA rates from April 2012 and change the way LHA rates are calculated from April 2013. We believe it is imperative to monitor the impact of this change (and also of the other components of the housing benefit reform package) and to consider contingency plans for interventions should it become evident that claimants are experiencing severe hardship as a result of these measures.
Housing Rights Service welcomes the DSD’s (Department’s) commitment to consult on the Equality Impact Assessment for the Welfare Reform Bill. In this response, we focus on the areas of the consultation that relate to housing:
Representation to the Social Security Advisory Committee June 2011 on the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2011
Housing Rights Service welcomes the opportunity to provide written views to the Social Security Advisory Committee evidence on the latest cut to the housing benefit budget. Read more...
Written evidence on the impact of Housing Benefit Reform
Housing Rights Service was asked to submit written evidence to the Committee for Work and Pensions on the impact of Housing Benefit reform. This evidence outlines our response to the proposals put forward in the 2010 budget
Briefing to Social Development Committee on Proposed Housing Benefit Reform
Housing Rights Service was invited to brief the Social Development Committee in February 2010 on the Department for Work and Pension's proposals to reform Housing Benefit and Local Housing Allowance