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Housing has featured prominently at the recent party conferences. We take a look at what Labour and the Conservatives pledged.

Labour housing pledges

In his speech to the Labour party conference, Jeremy Corbyn made several pledges in relation to housing and rents:

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The Scottish Government published their final report on the impacts of Welfare Reform on the people of Scotland . There has been a Statutory Duty on the Scottish Government to produce an Annual Report on the impacts of the UK Welfare Reform Act 2012 on the people of Scotland since 2013.

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A recent English High Court has provided some interesting observations in respect of the circumstances as to when a homeless decision can be revisited. Although the English position has variances to the law in Northern Ireland (NI), it does provide some useful guidance, and allows us the opportunity to look at aspects of the law in NI that are of relevance.

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Over 40,000 tenants were evicted from their homes across England and Wales by landlords in 2015; an increase of a third since 2003 and the highest level recorded, according to the latest available figures in research conducted by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

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Benefits, Outside NI, Private Tenancies, Welfare Reform

Shelter UK has carried out research to investigate the relationship between housing and mental health in English adults.  Shelter interviewed 20 GPs across 6 English cities and over 3,500 British adults were surveyed via a nationally representative online questionnaire.  The results of their research were published last week and are summarised

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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

‘Resolving Disputes outside of the Court System’ took place at the Inn of Court, Belfast on 15 February.  The event was set up in response to the Department for Communities’ Department’s newly published Private Rented Sector in Northern Ireland - Proposals for Change which is currently out for public consultation.  The consultation document includes a proposal to: “Examine the

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Outside NI, Private Tenancies, Policy

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a report evaluating the impact of the removal of the spare room subsidy or, in common terms, the implementation of the bedroom tax.   The research, carried out by Ipsos MORI and the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, has been carried out over a two year period.

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Research published by Homeless Link, an umbrella organisation for homeless charities in England, shows that the proposal to remove automatic entitlement to housing benefit from 18 to 21 year olds could have a devastating impact on vulnerable young people.

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Outside NI, Homelessness

The 2015 Summer Budget contained proposals to reduce the time frame for backdating payments from six months to just four weeks and to cut the family premium from housing benefit in order to bring housing benefit in line with universal credit.  

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Benefits, Outside NI, Welfare Reform

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