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NI Assembly

With the Assembly election just days away, we’ve taken a look at the housing content of the main parties’ election manifestos.

Alliance

The Alliance manifesto has 39 pledges on housing, including the following:

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Policy, NI Assembly

We've rounded up some of the questions answered by Communities Minister Paul Givan during January.

Welfare Reform

To ask the Minister for Communities whether he has, or intends to explore the potential of a universal basic income model instead of the current benefit system. Mr Robin Swann, UUP- North Antrim.  AQW9133-/16-21

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NI Assembly

Housing Rights Consultation Response to the Programme for Government consultation & comments on the Delivery Plan for indicators 8 and 48

Housing Rights offers comments on the draft Programme for Government (PfG) (see particularly paragraphs 3-4) and the Delivery Plan for Indicators 8 and 48 (see particularly paragraphs 5-8) in this consultation response.

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Policy, NI Assembly

Housing Rights has responded to the consultation on the draft Programme for Government (PfG), and the Delivery Plan for PfG indicators 8 and 48. In our response, we highlighted the following key points:

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Policy, NI Assembly

New legislation has just been passed which will delay the implementation date for the bedroom tax in NI from 23 January 2017 to 20 February 2017. The new legislation also makes new provision for social tenants to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) in specific circumstances.

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Legislation, Welfare Reform, NI Assembly

Standards

To ask the Minister for Communities to detail how many cases of damp have been reported to the Housing Executive, over the past four years. Mr Alex Easton, Democratic Unionist Party AQW 7498/16-21

The Housing Executive has advised that 25,150 cases of damp have been reported to it during the period from 1 November 2012 to 31 October 2016.

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NI Assembly

Universal Credit will be introduced to Northern Ireland on a phased basis, beginning on 27 September 2017 according to a statement released by Minister for Communities Paul Givan.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, NI Assembly

Private rented

To ask the Minister for Communities for his assessment of the impact of the cap on the Local Housing Allowance. Nichola Mallon, Social Democratic and Labour Party AQO 536/16-21

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NI Assembly

The Assembly has recently debated an Opposition motion on homelessness and housing supply in Northern Ireland.

Homelessness and housing 

The motion was brought to the Assembly by MLAs from the UUP and SDLP:

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Social Tenancies, Policy, Homelessness, NI Assembly

Private rented sector

To ask the Minister for Communities whether he has given consideration to introducing a minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating requirement in order to rent out a domestic property, as will be the case in England and Wales from April 2018. Mr Steven Agnew, Green Party  AQW 2781/16-21

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