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NI Assembly

Housing Rights welcomes the significant housing and welfare related commitments contained in the New Decade, New Approach deal, which restored the Northern Ireland Executive on 11th January 2020.

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Policy, NI Assembly

With Stormont back up and running, our Policy & Practice Manager, Kate McCauley has had a look at the key areas which Housing Rights hopes will be prioritised over the coming months by the new Minister and those MLAs appointed to Stormont’s Comm

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Welfare Reform, Policy, Homelessness, NI Assembly

Houses in Multiple Occupation subordinate regulations

Housing Rights has responded to the Department for Communities stakeholder communication regarding the new Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) regime. The Department has set out draft subordinate regulations to support the new regime, which is scheduled to be introduced from 1 April 2019. Housing Rights welcomes the opportunity to comment upon the draft regulations and Code of Practice for Landlords, which provide clear guidance to Councils and landlords and which contain a range of progressive measures that should assist in enhancing standards within HMOs and protecting occupants within HMOs

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Private Tenancies, 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

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