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The Northern Ireland Audit Office has released a report on Homelessness in Northern Ireland. The report examines the scale and nature of homelessness in Northern Ireland, and focuses primarily on how effective the Housing Executive’s 2012-2017 Homelessness Strategy has been in addressing this issue.

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Research, Homelessness

Local charity Housing Rights has welcomed the publication of a Northern Ireland Audit Office report on homelessness in Northern Ireland.  The report examines the scale and nature of homelessness locally.

A key part of Housing Rights’ work is assisting clients struggling to meet their mortgage payments, or dealing with arrears. In recent weeks, two research papers and one policy consultation have been released which consider how such arrears can be most effectively addressed.

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Repossession, Research

Housing Rights has published the findings of its research study which explores the potential application of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the private rented sector (PRS).  The research paper makes recommendations to develop and pilot a digital by default ADR system which can be used in this sector of the housing market. 

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Research, Private Tenancies, Policy

Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Private Rented Sector

This Housing Rights research examines the case for the establishment of an independent dispute resolution service for tenants and landlords in Northern Ireland.

The research:

  • Reviews relevant policy documents from Northern Ireland and the UK which support improving access to justice;
  • Identifies and examines specific good practice ADR case studies from other jurisdictions;
  • Gathers expert opinion from those living and working in the PRS in Northern Ireland, as well as housing practitioners and policy makers;
  • Assesses the data and makes recommendations for the principles which an ADR system needs to consider, and how that system could function.

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Research, Private Tenancies

According to HomeLet rental index for September 2017, the average rents in Northern Ireland have increased at double the UK rate over the past 12 months.

The survey shows the average rent in Northern Ireland in September 2017 rose 4.3% to £636, from £610 in September 2016.

Housing Rights Policy and Practice Officer, Sarah Corrigan, is concerned by the news.

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Research, Private Tenancies, Affordability

Homelessness is experienced differently by young people than by adults: the causes and conditions are different, so the responses and solutions must also be different.

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Minority Groups, Research, Homelessness, Affordability

Citizens Advice has renewed its calls for a pause in the roll-out of Universal Credit in Great Britain, citing evidence that the new benefit is causing increased debts, rent arrears and difficulty in meeting core household expenses.

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Benefits, Research, Welfare Reform, Policy

The Department for Communities has released the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for January – March 2017. The Bulletin demonstrates ongoing trends in several current policy issues, such as homelessness, housing supply and house prices.

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Research, Homelessness

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University have examined the evidence to increase our understanding of why some people are more at risk of becoming homeless than other people. 

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Research, Homelessness

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