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Paddy Gray Professor of Housing, Ulster University will be chairing Housing Rights upcoming conference Fit for the Future? Private Renting Conference 2015. Below, Paddy outlines why now, more than ever, change is needed in the private rented sector.

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Regulation, Private Tenancies, Policy

Greater community cohesion is something that most people would like to see. Despite great efforts being made towards developing a peaceful society, it is disappointing that so many people are still living in divided communities. Housing Rights' advisers continue to deal with clients who are victims of intimidation and harassment or who are faced with a lack of shared social housing options. Addressing these housing issues is crucial to the development of greater community cohesion.

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Social Tenancies, Policy

Response to a Consultation on the Housing Executive’s Community Cohesion Strategy 2015-2020

Housing Rights welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Housing Executive’s consultation on Proposals for a Community Cohesion Strategy 2015-2020. Housing Rights believes a Strategy is essential; particularly against the backdrop of a changing society in Northern Ireland.

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Social Tenancies, Policy

Involving Everyone - Including 'Easy to Ignore" Groups in Housing Policy and Strategy Development in Northern Ireland

The aim of this research was to assess and make recommendations for the greater involvement of ‘easy to ignore’ groups in housing policy and strategy development in Northern Ireland, with particular emphasis on engagement with the Social Housing Reform Programme. 

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Minority Groups, Research, Policy

The Department for Social Development recently produced its Response Report to the Tenant Participation Strategy Consultation. The Tenant Participation consultation is part of a wider programme of reform in the social rented sector.

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Regulation, Social Tenancies, Policy

Housing Rights will be holding its annual conference on the future of private renting in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 17 November 2015 in Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast.

This one-day conference will open up debate on how to ensure the Northern Ireland private rented sector is fit for purpose.

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Private Tenancies, Policy

A round up of housing related questions answered by the Minister for Social Development during June 2015

Eligibility for the Affordable Warmth Scheme

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether he plans to revise the guidelines for eligibility to the Affordable Warmth Scheme to exclude Disability Living Allowance as part of the income threshold. Mrs Dolores Kelly (SDLP - Upper Bann) AQW 47005/11-15

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Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Policy, NI Assembly

The Social Housing Reform Programme (SHRP) is turning its attention to rent setting. Rent policy alignment focuses on the need to develop a fairer system of affordable rents in the social housing sector.  As a pre-consultation exercise, DSD recently attended our Housing Advice Practitioners’ Forum to present their early thoughts on social rent policy.

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Regulation, Policy, NI Assembly

Just like in Northern Ireland, the private rented sector in Scotland has grown in size over the last number of years. This is down to a number of factors including the reduction in the amount of social housing and financial difficulties faced by potential homeowners. The private rented sector is increasingly becoming the main housing option, willingly or not, for many people looking for a home.

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Private Tenants Forum, Private Tenancies, Policy


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