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New regulations come into force on 21st July 2014 which will ease the conditions on homeless jobseekers to be looking for work.

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Homelessness, Legal

The mere mention of court can often scare a client and Small Claims Court is no exception.  While going to court is worrying to clients, it can also strike fear into the heart of an inexperienced adviser.  Small Claims Court is supposed to be a simpler form of court procedure that is quick and easy to use, but it’s still important that advisers are aware of the formalities that need to observed.

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Practical tips, Legal, Adviser

NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment has launched a new report into the feasibility of introducing a Land Value Tax (LVT) in Northern Ireland – to replace the current system of rates based on capital values.

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Policy, Legal

In a recent press release, the Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, has reiterated the importance of protecting private tenants’ deposits. The Minister highlighted that within the first year of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme operating over 18,500 tenancy deposits, totalling £10 million, have been protected.

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Private Tenancies, Legal

A recent Judicial Review of the bedroom tax, supported by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has failed.  This Judicial Review was brought on the grounds that the policy was discriminatory as it does not allow for an additional bedroom where a child with disabilities needs overnight care.  The judgment stresses the importan

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Welfare Reform, Case law, Affordability, Legal

The importance of carrying out a good homelessness review on behalf of clients cannot be stressed enough. A successful review can be of tremendous importance for the future housing status of clients, often resulting in an allocation of social housing.

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Practical tips, Legal

Royal Assent has now been received for the controversial Immigration Act 2014. The Act contains 77 clauses that fundamentally change key elements of the immigration system in order to make it more difficult for migrants to enter and stay in the UK illegally.

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Private Tenancies, Landlord, Legal

Welfare reform is coming under further scrutiny with permission granted for a new Judicial Review on the bedroom tax and an anticipated Supreme Court decision on whether the benefit cap unjustifiably discriminates against lone parents and victims of domestic abuse.

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Welfare Reform, Legal

Under the Housing Benefit rules, there are certain occasions when a claimant can claim Housing Benefit on ‘two homes’ for up to 4 weeks where they could not reasonably have avoided being liable for rent on both properties.

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New legislation comes into force on 5th May 2014 which changes the required notice that must be given when the Housing Executive or a Registered Housing Association is seeking to evict a secure tenant.

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Social Tenancies, Legal

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