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028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

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In a recently published report, CIH suggests that housing allocation policies in England need to be revisited to ensure that those most in need of housing are not excluded by process driven allocations policies. In certain cases, activity undertaken by housing providers to ensure that teanncies are sustainable actually undermines efforts to house those who need homes the most.

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Social Tenancies, Affordability

Housing Rights and the Chartered Institute of Housing are partnering to hold a joint conference looking at how to most effectively deliver affordable housing in Northern Ireland.

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Benefits, Legislation, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Homelessness
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A report has found that much of the cavity wall insulation in Housing Executive housing stock is below standard.

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Fitness, Social Tenancies

Advisers on our helpline are reporting an increase in calls about social housing tenants' right to buy their homes. This includes calls from lending institutions, who are also fielding multiple calls about the house sales scheme. It's likely that this buzz of activity has been spurred by speculation over the future of this scheme. 

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The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has published its new Community Involvement Strategy for 2018-2023. The strategy exists to empower residents, tenants and leaseholders in Housing Executive estates to make a difference in their community and its specific aims are to

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A new report by the Smith Institute ‘Safe as Houses 2: a follow-up report into the impact of Universal Credit on Southwark Council’s housing tenants rent payment behaviour’ show that what could have been argued to be ‘teething problems’ with the new benefit system, appear to have more systemic routes, with rent arrears appearing to be a longer-term consequence of Universal Credit for many social housi

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Benefits, Social Tenancies, Welfare Reform, Affordability

The Housing Executive has published the results of its analysis of the costs of poor housing in Northern Ireland. The report suggests that it would cost approximately £305million to eliminate category 1 hazards across Northern Ireland's housing stock, but suggests that such costs would be recovered within 8 years via reduced NHS costs as a result of improved housing. 

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Regulation, Social Tenancies, Affordability

Keeping our members up-to-date with the latest information on housing legislation, policy and practice is an important part of the work of Housing Rights and a key function of the Policy and Practice Team within Housing Rights.

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Regulation, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies

One of our prison housing advisers recently helped a vulnerable client secure suitable accommodation on her release from prison.

Jenny was in prison following an arson offence on her previous home. Before this she had lived a relatively settled life.  She did have one other previous conviction prior to the arson offence but following the death of her husband her mental health had deteriorated, culminating in her trying to set fire to her home.

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Social Tenancies, Adviser

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive recently published their findings from the 2017 Home Improvement Grants Survey.

The Housing Executive’s Grant Scheme provides grants for disabled facilities and mandatory repairs and, in exceptional circumstances, for discretionary renovation, replacement and home repair assistance.

Overall, the findings from the survey were very positive. The vast majority (92%) of the 712 respondents were satisfied with the scheme.

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