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The Department for Social Development has just published its 2012-2013 NI Poverty Bulletin. This is the third annual poverty bulletin from their Analytical Services Unit in DSD to be published.

Key findings include:

•    The average (median) household income in Northern Ireland was £395 per week before housing costs and £358 after housing costs.  

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NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment has launched a new report into the feasibility of introducing a Land Value Tax (LVT) in Northern Ireland – to replace the current system of rates based on capital values.

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The Department for Social Development (DSD) has announced a public consultation on proposals to introduce developer contributions for social and affordable housing.  The consultation, Developer Contributions for Affordable Housing: Public Consultation, closes on 26 August 2014.

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) Findings  published recently revealed that household incomes, poverty rates and the labour market have all worsened in Northern Ireland (NI) in the last five years. In each case, this deterioration has been greater than in Britain.  NI also has a higher poverty rate than the rest of Ireland. Before housing costs, 21% of people in NI were in poverty in 2011 compared with 15% in the Republic of Ireland.

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Private Tenancies, Policy, Affordability

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) Findings[1] published last month revealed that household incomes, poverty rates and the labour market have all worsened in Northern Irelan

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Social Tenancies, Policy, Affordability

As part of its ongoing work on social housing reform, the Department for Social Development (DSD) has produced a Research and Analysis Brief to inform future housing structures. The paper was recently submitted to the Social Development Committee for consideration. Nicola McCrudden summarises the key issues and conclusions from this paper and outlines next steps in the main reform areas of:

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Social Tenancies, Policy

Responses to the DSD proposals for a Housing (Anti Social Behaviour Bill) NI close on the 24 March 2014. Nicola McCrudden, Housing Rights Service Policy Manager, outlines her concerns about the content of these proposals.

The nature of anti social behaviour

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Response to DSD Anti Social Behaviour Bill

Housing Rights Service is concerned about the new form of tenancy i.e. the Short Secure Tenancy (SST) which the DSD is proposing. We interpret the SST as a downgraded temporary tenancy for 6 months. After this time the SST either becomes secure again or possession is sought to bring the tenancy to an end using a largely administrative process. The court “would be required” to grant possession in such cases. In our view a system which allows for the removal of secure tenants’ rights by a largely administrative process runs contrary to the principle of natural justice and would interfere with human rights. Read our response.

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Social Tenancies, Private Tenants Forum, Policy

In January 2013 Nelson McCausland, the Minister for Social Development, announced proposals to radically change the way social housing is delivered in Northern Ireland.  A Social Housing Reform Programme (SHRP) was set up to look at the Minister’s proposals to establish a housing model

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Social Tenancies, Policy

Notes from Housing Advice Practitioners’ Forum meeting 17 February 2014 on Future of the NI Housing Selection Scheme

The Housing Practitioners’ Forum is organised by Housing Rights Service (HRS).  It is made up of representatives from HRS member organisations. The Forum meets regularly to hear about and discuss the latest in housing case law, legislation and policy.

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