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The Assembly’s Social Development Committee has published its Report on the Housing (Amendment) Bill. In this, the Committee have accepted two recommendations made by Housing Rights in written and oral evidence.

The Housing (Amendment) Bill was introduced to the Assembly in 2015; amongst other clauses, the Bill aimed to allow information-sharing to and between the NI Housing Executive and registered housing associations in relation to antisocial behaviour.

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Policy, NI Assembly, Legal

Response to NIHE Financial Inclusion Strategy

Housing Rights supports the Housing Executive’s aim of tackling financial inclusion by improving their customers’ financial wellbeing. We view this strategy as a positive recognition by the Housing Executive of their role in supporting tenants in this area.

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Money Matters, Social Tenancies, Policy

Professor Eileen Evason’s working group has published its report on how Welfare Reform should be mitigated by the NI Executive. The group’s recommendations include the full mitigation of the “bedroom tax”, and the mitigation of the household benefits cap, for an initial period of 4 years.

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Benefits, Money Matters, Social Tenancies, Welfare Reform, Policy

At its latest People and Communities Committee meeting, Belfast City Council considered its response to the Department for Social Development’s Review of the Private Rented Sector.

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Fitness, Private Tenancies, Policy, Landlord

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme

Housing Rights hopes that the operation of theTenancy Deposit Scheme, (the Scheme), which flows from the Private Tenancies (NI)Order 2006 will be addressed in the upcoming review of the Private Rented Sector. 

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Private Tenancies, Policy

In 2013, Northern Ireland followed the rest of the UK in introducing a statutory tenancy deposit scheme. The aim of the Scheme is to protect tenants’ deposits through an independent Scheme Provider.

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Landlord

With the Department for Social Development currently seeking feedback on its plans for the future of the private rented sector, now is a good time to review some of the contributions from the conference we held last week.  A number of expert speakers raised issues which may help inform your response to the discussion document. 

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Regulation, Private Tenancies, Policy

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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