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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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Benefits, Social Tenancies, Private Tenancies, Practical tips, Welfare Reform, Affordability

On Monday 16th January, the mitigations for the Social Sector Size Criteria (“bedroom tax”) were approved by the Assembly. Here we look in detail at what the “bedroom tax” policy is, and how the mitigations will work in practice.

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Housing Rights is seriously concerned that the potential dissolution of the Assembly could have the unintended consequence of the Executive failing to mitigate the introduction of the Social Sector Size Criteria (the so-called “bedroom tax”) in Northern Ireland.

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New legislation has just been passed which will delay the implementation date for the bedroom tax in NI from 23 January 2017 to 20 February 2017. The new legislation also makes new provision for social tenants to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) in specific circumstances.

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Legislation, Welfare Reform, NI Assembly

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

Universal Credit will be introduced to Northern Ireland on a phased basis, beginning on 27 September 2017 according to a statement released by Minister for Communities Paul Givan.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, NI Assembly

This latest report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and New Policy Institute analyses current data to present a comprehensive picture of poverty in the UK.  By examining both who is in poverty and how poverty effects people’s lives, the report offers a detailed account of poverty in the UK today. 

Among a number of key points, the report shows that:

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Research, Welfare Reform

The Supreme Court has delivered its judgment on the discriminatory impact of the bedroom tax.  The Court considered seven cases and decided that there was an "inexplicable inconsistency" in the policy's differing treatment of adults and children with disabilities.

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Benefits, Legislation, Welfare Reform, Case law

Regulations have been passed to update welfare supplementary payments in Northern Ireland, in light of recent changes to the Benefit Cap.

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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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