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Over 40,000 tenants were evicted from their homes across England and Wales by landlords in 2015; an increase of a third since 2003 and the highest level recorded, according to the latest available figures in research conducted by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

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Benefits, Outside NI, Private Tenancies, Welfare Reform

It's now been over a year since Personal Independence Payments (PIP) were introduced in Northern Ireland. With this in mind, and in light of the ongoing programme of transferring existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claimants over to PIP, we wanted to highlight some of the ways in which an individual's housing situation could be impacted by this change. 

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Benefits, Welfare Reform

Staff from the Housing Executive briefed members of Housing Rights’ Practitioners’ Forum on the operation of the “bedroom tax” policy, at the most recent meeting on 15th June.

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Practical tips, Welfare Reform

Housing Rights’ Director Janet Hunter has spoken at the launch of the CIH Welfare Reform Group’s report, on the impact of welfare changes on rented housing in Northern Ireland, at the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings.

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Welfare Reform

The High Court of England and Wales has decided that applying the benefit cap to lone parents with children under the age of two has a discriminatory impact on children and is, therefore, unlawful.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Case law, Legal

Local charity Housing Rights has welcomed a recent ruling from the High Court that declared the benefit cap was “unlawful” and causes “real misery for no good purpose” to lone parents.

The ruling was made in response to a judicial review brought by four lone parent families who argued the benefit cap would have a disproportionate impact on them, as they were unable to work more than 16 hours a week.

Homeowners who receive government help with their mortgage interest payments are likely to suffer a financial blow when the amount they receive reduces.

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Benefits, Repossession, Welfare Reform

Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) is the collective name given to the financial help with mortgage interest payments which can be made to certain benefit claimants.  SMI can also help with the costs of certain loans secured on a property. 

SMI can be claimed by people who are in receipt of

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Benefits, Repossession, Welfare Reform, Affordability

On 18th June, the rate of Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) will fall from 3.12% to 2.61%. This could have significant impacts on the ability of SMI recipients to stay in their homes.

However, this isn’t the only change on the way for Support for Mortgage Interest. Over the next few years there will be more changes that will further restrict and alter this benefit.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Affordability

Back in November, we brought you news of two successful challenges to the “Bedroom Tax” size criteria policy in the UK Supreme Court. The success of these challenges resulted in new regulations, which expanded the circumstances in which a household is permitted an “additional” bedroom.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Case law

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