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The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to allocate a total of £585million from Executive funds over four years to mitigate the impacts of welfare reform.  Eileen Evason, Emeritus Professor in social administration at the University of Ulster, will chair a working group which will develop proposals on how best to use these additional resources. 

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Policy, NI Assembly

The latest NI Housing Statistics for 2014-15 have been released. They look at a range of topics including the figures for the supply of housing, social rented, private rented and owner occupied accommodation.

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Days ahead of our private rented conference ‘Fit for the Future?’, the Minister for Social Development, Mervyn Storey MLA, has launched a landmark review into the future of the private rented sector.  Housing Rights welcomes the publication of the review

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Private Tenants Forum, Private Tenancies, Policy

Last Thursday Housing Rights provided evidence to the Social Development Committee on the Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Bill currently making its way through the Assembly. You can watch the Committee meeting which includes evidence on the HMO bill from Housing Rights, NICEM and a number of residents groups on the Committee's YouTube channel. 

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Private Tenancies, Policy, NI Assembly


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

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