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Welfare reform continues to have a huge impact on the housing situation of low income households in Northern Ireland.  As well as advice agencies the public often approach their constituency offices for help and support with housing issues

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The clock is ticking on the NI welfare reform mitigations package. So far, the devastating impacts of the bedroom tax have not been felt in Northern Ireland to the same extent as they have elsewhere. But, this may mean that certain people are subject to this tax who should not be.

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The Northern Ireland Affairs and Work and Pensions Committee have announced a joint inquiry into welfare policy in Northern Ireland. This inquiry will follow the passage of the NI Budget Act and the upcoming end of the welfare reform mitgation package in March 2020.

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The inquiry will consider

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As part of the Fresh Start Agreement, the Executive committed to a review of the welfare mitigation funding package in 2018/19.

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Our Housing Advice in Prisons services helps people in Maghaberry, Magilligan and Hydebank who are newly committed and those who are preparing for release to deal with their housing issues. One of the major issues that housing advisers who work in this service face at the moment is the way in which Universal Credit deals with the housing costs of prisoners.

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Subscribers to the Child Poverty Action Group's Poverty journal will have seen a summary of the recent joint report from Housing Rights, the Law Centre and Advice NI on welfare reform mitigations in Northern Ireland and the looming crisis when these mitigations end in March 2020. 

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The Department for Communities has published results of its survey of the attitudes of people who currently claim benefits towards welfare reform. This report establishes a baseline  for future research the Department will carry out into experiences and attitudes of welfare reform and are part of a wider ongoing evaluation of welfare reform, which is being carried out by the Department. 

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Several new pieces of legislation have been laid before Parliament in order to give effect to changes to Universal Credit , which were announced by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. 

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Our experience as a housing advice organisation is increasingly evidencing the devastating housing impact of welfare reform. We therefore welcome the finding by the NIAO  in its Welfare Reform Report 2019 that welfare reforms in Northern Ireland are ‘likely to have a major impact on housing’.

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The Northern Ireland Audit Office (NIAO) has today published a report documenting the ‘major’ impact welfare reform will have across Northern Ireland.

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