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Falling Behind: Local Housing Allowance research

Falling Behind: Exploring the gap between Local Housing Allowance and the availability of affordable private rented accommodation in Northern Ireland.

This research shows that renting privately in Northern Ireland is becoming increasingly unaffordable for people who rely on housing benefit to pay their rent. Almost 9 out of 10 of rental properties are out of reach for people receiving Housing Benefit with the research showing that as little as 12% of properties in the sector would have their rent fully covered by the amount of benefit available.

 

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Benefits, Regulation, Research, Welfare Reform, Policy, Homelessness, Equality, Affordability

The Work and Pensions Committee has recommended outlawing the practice of refusing to rent out property to people in receipt of benefits.

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Benefits, Legislation, Policy, Equality

NatWest has ended its policy of refusing to lend to landlords who provide tenancies to people in receipt of social security benefits. The bank announced that this policy change followed an "extensive review" of its buy-to-let policies.

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Benefits, Private Tenancies, Equality

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has published its investigation into Travellers’ accommodation. The ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Travellers Accommodation in NI’  report has identified 13 systematic concerns and made 45 recommendations.

The investigation identified 13 systemic issues, including:

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Research, Equality

On the 20th June 2017, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland published their “Statement on Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities in Northern Ireland”. The Statement illustrates that the provision of housing in NI faces new, existing and persistent challenges.

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Minority Groups, Research, Equality

The House of Lords Select Committee on Financial Exclusion has just published their report, “Tackling financial exclusion: A country that works for everyone?”

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Money Matters, Outside NI, Equality, Affordability

A new report from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has found that migrants, British citizens without passports and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups living in England are being discriminated against when searching for a home in the Private Rented Sector (PRS), due to the Government’s Right to Rent Scheme.  

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Minority Groups, Research, Equality, Landlord

The Government has issued a new set of Immigration Regulations to commence on 1st February 2017. The Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 revoke and replace the 2006 Regulations.

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Minority Groups, Regulation, Equality, Legal

Housing Rights believes that everyone should have the right to live in a home which is safe and secure. Unfortunately, Northern Ireland, like the rest of the UK, experiences regular incidents of hate crime.

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Minority Groups, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Homelessness, Equality

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