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Housing Rights has responded to the Department for Communities’ “Consultation on the Classification of Registered Housing Associations in NI: Consultation two – The Future of the Housing Sales Scheme”

We welcome the chance to be able to respond to this important public consultation. It is Housing Rights’ view that Option Three – ending the Housing Sales Scheme for both the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Registered Housing Associations, is the preferred option.

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Classification of Registered Housing Associations in Northern Ireland: Consultation Two- The Future of the House Sales Scheme

On 29 September 2016 the Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced that Registered Housing Associations (RHAs) in Northern Ireland (NI) would be reclassified from the private to the public sector. This was based on an assessment of the level of control that government has over an organisation. The impact of this reclassification is that RHA’s expenditure, and in particular their spending on new homes programmes, will be charged to the NI Executive’s Budget.


Given the implications of this decision, the NI Executive, immediately after the ONS made this announcement, asked that proposals be brought forward to enable it to seek a reversal of the decision. This consultation is the second consultation regarding the reclassification of RHAs in NI and it deals only with options that are directly linked to the future of the Housing Sales Schemes (HSS).

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

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Policy, Homelessness

Housing Rights was today part of a delegation led by Nichola Mallon MLA, to meet with the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities to discuss the operation of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs).

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Housing Rights calls for a housing led review of DHPs

 A policy briefing: ‘Recommendations for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) in Northern Ireland pre and post 2020, following a meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities to discuss the operation of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) as part of a delegation led by Nichola Mallon, MLA.

 

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Welfare Reform, Policy

A recent ruling in England could assist those that had been in receipt of receipt of disability premiums with legacy benefits and who have since migrated to Universal Credit.

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Benefits, Outside NI, Policy

The impact of Welfare Reform on housing

A briefing document for the All Party Group created and presented by Housing Rights in June 2018. 

The document highlights three key areas of concern and included a focus on the situation post 2020 when the current scheme of mitigation payments are due to expire.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Policy, Affordability

The Department for Communities has released the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for October to December 2017.  The Bulletin highlights trends in several current policy issues such as homelessness, housing supply and house prices.

Homelessness

3,889 households presented as homeless to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive during October – December 2017. This is a decrease of 744 (16%) from the previous quarter (4,643).

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Research, Policy

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has recommended that independent housing advice services are provided in England, Scotland and Wales in order to improve housing affordability for low-income households. The recommendation is one of four proposals identified in a recently published policy report examining housing and life experiences

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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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