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The case of Anon v LB Lewisham clarifies that the standard of suitability of accommodation is not lower for temporary accommodation, and there is no distinct category of ‘temporary accommodation’ in the relevant legislation. A reviewing officer cannot use a lower threshold of suitability for temporary accommodation than more permanent accommodation.

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Outside NI, Homelessness, Legal

The Department for Communities has released the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for April-June 2018. The bulletin highlights trends in homelessness, housing supply and house prices in Northern Ireland.

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Research, Homelessness

The Court of Appeal for England & Wales has found that a local authority failed to comply with its Public Sector Equality Duty and erred in its decision that an applicant for homelessness assistance was not homeless because it was reasonable to expect her to remain in her home. Victoria Taylor, a recent Queen's University Graduate who is currently undertaking an LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice and volunteering with Housing Rights, discusses the case. 

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Homelessness, Case law, Legal

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

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Policy, Homelessness

Recently published research which examines the nature and design of temporary accommodation services in Belfast and their use by the chronic homeless has highlighted that for some, the experience can lead to further marginalisation.

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Research, Homelessness
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Since 2015, FEANTSA and the Fondation Abbé Pierre have released a yearly Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe. These annual reports look at the latest Eurostat data (EU-SILC) and assess EU countries' capacity to adequately house their populations.

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Research, Policy, Homelessness

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

A benefit that helps homeowners to pay the interest on their mortgage changes to a loan today.  Local charity Housing Rights is urging households who may be affected to get advice.  The charity’s helpline is already dealing with calls from homeowners who get the benefit, called Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI), who are unsure what the changes will mean for them.

Ciaran and John are currently in custody at HMP Magilligan. They got a housing qualification after completing an OCN accredited Housing Rights’ training course.  This enabled them to take on the role of peer prisoner housing adviser.

The work of the peer prisoner housing adviser

The work of the peer is to help resolve simpler housing issues and address homelessness issues for prisoners.  They also refer more complex matters to the housing rights adviser in each prison.

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Homelessness

In the recently launched consultation on social housing allocations, the Department for Communities made 20 proposals. We consider one of the biggest of these: allowing the Housing Executive to discharge “Full Duty Applicant” (FDA) homeless households into the private rented sector.

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Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Policy, Homelessness, Affordability

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