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Regulations allowing for the introduction of the “social sector size criteria” or the “bedroom tax” in Northern Ireland took effect on the 20 February.  As we’ve previously reported, the impact of this change in Northern Ireland is largely mitigated, with the only threat of an actual financial detriment as a result of the change being to some social tenants who trans

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James* first contacted us in 2014. He called into our office after hearing about our Mortgage Debt Advice service from a friend.

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Repossession, Practical tips, Homelessness

Housing Rights is delighted to be running its first accredited training course on Financial Capability. Increasing financial capability to safeguard homes will help you to empower your clients to manage their own budget and keep their home. 

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Social Tenancies, Practical tips, Welfare Reform

Financial Capability week runs from 14 November to the 20th November. Its aim is to raise awareness of the importance of financial capability.

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Our Community Housing Advice Partnership provides expert housing support to advisers working throughout Northern Ireland.  A recent case highlights how working in partnership with a housing specialist can help member agencies achieve the best outcome for clients.

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If you are pressed for time, but need to know about the changes that welfare reform will bring, our new, free online training will help you. 

Housing Rights Policy Officer, Stephen Orme, will take you through the basics of welfare reform.

The one hour training has four distinct parts.

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Housing Rights believes that everyone should have the right to live in a home which is safe and secure. Unfortunately, Northern Ireland, like the rest of the UK, experiences regular incidents of hate crime.

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Minority Groups, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Homelessness, Equality

The question of liability for rates in rental properties continues to be a major concern to our tenants.  Sarah Corrigan, Housing Adviser, discusses a recent case where this issue raised its head for a vulnerable, homeless single mother living in temporary accommodation arranged by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

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Levels of personal debt have grown significantly in the last number of years and consequently debt problems have become an increasingly large area of work for many advisers. The recession has exacerbated these problems for many people. Where a client’s debts include a housing element such as rent or mortgage arrears they risk losing their home if these debts are not addressed. 

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Members of Housing Rights gathered in June to learn about the most recent updates in housing policy and practice.  This was the latest in our series of Housing Advice Practitioners Forum, a regular event that provides members with an opportunity to keep abreast of latest developments and to discuss approaches and strategies for complex cases.

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