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In December 2013 the Department for Social Development (DSD) published an independent research report outlining recommended changes to the current social housing allocations system.   DSD invited stakeholders to respond to the recommendations contained therein and have now release a summary of these responses.

Recommendations with high level of support

A number of the proposals in the paper were popular with respondents.  These included

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The 2014 Liberal Democrat conference has ended, allowing us to roundup some of the housing key areas which they would like to address if they are back in Government after the next election.

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The Scottish Government is currently consulting on a range of measures to reform its private tenancy system.  The consultation exercise has been driven by recent changes to the private rented sector in Scotland, where this tenure now accounts for more than 330,000 households.  Since 1999, there has been an increase in the amount of private accommodation rented to families and to those seeking a long term home. 

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The Conservative Party Conference has just finished with a headline housing pledge that, if re-elected, they will provide further help to get first-time buyers onto the property market in England.

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In her final post for Housing Rights Service, Nicola McCrudden, Policy & Communications Manager, outlines our policy agenda for Northern Ireland.  Nicola is leaving HRS to take up the post of Director of CIH for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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Response to DSD Consultation on Developer Contributions for Affordable Housing

Housing Rights Service welcomes this long awaited consultation on proposals to introduce a developer contributions scheme for social and affordable housing in Northern Ireland. We believe the introduction of planning obligations to facilitate developer contributions presents an important opportunity to lever in additional investment for the provision of new social and affordable housing, particularly in this time of constrained public financing and sustained housing need. We therefore support the Department’s aim to “promote decent, affordable and sustainable housing, particularly in terms of tenure, price and household composition” and the recognition that “the provision of more affordable housing is a cornerstone of sustainable communities”.

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Housing Rights Service believes the current housing fitness standard is unable to address the most common health and safety defects found in rented accommodation.

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Housing Rights Service is holding a conference on the future of private renting in Northern Ireland on Thursday 6 November 2014 in Riddell Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast.

This one-day conference will open up debate on how the Northern Ireland private rented sector can genuinely offer a more viable and attractive longer-term tenure option.

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Following the publication of the latest NI Housing Bulletin , Nicola McCrudden, Housing Rights Service Policy Manager, has digested the year end statistics and summarises her thoughts on the issue of supply and demand.

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