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Housing Rights is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter McMahon and Kate McCauley to two new senior roles within the organization, Head of Services & Support and Head of Policy & Development.  

Peter McMahon, Head of Services and Support 

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Universal Credit may refuse a claim for help to pay a person’s housing costs if  

  • they think that a tenancy is not a genuine commercial relationship between a landlord and a tenant or  
  • they believe the tenancy was created to take advantage of the benefit system.  

It’s important to get advice quickly if this happens to you or to your clients. Submitting a well-argued mandatory reconsideration request can help to prevent homelessness.  

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Benefits, Private Tenancies, Welfare Reform
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The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) closes in just over 3 weeks. It is essential for any EU national, or anyone who is not a family member of an EU national, to apply for status under this scheme by 30 June 2021. Without such status, a person's right to live and work in the UK may end. 

Who needs to apply?

You should apply to the EUSS if

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Housing Rights welcomes the Department for Communities’ announcement of a £9m investment to fully fund the Housing Executive’s COVID-19 Reset Plan on Homelessness this year, making the total budget for homelessness for 2021/22 £46m.

This funding will support the NIHE in achieving the aims of their COVID-19 Homeless response:

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Housing Rights Volunteers Week 2021

The 37th Annual Volunteers’ Week will take place this year from the 1st until the 7th June and is a time when Housing Rights says thank you to our wonderful volunteers.