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Last year, our adviser Karen assisted Thomas, who had been given incorrect information about migrating to Universal Credit and was struggling to afford his rent as a result.

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Benefits, Practical tips, Adviser

Housing Rights has responded to the Treasury’s Breathing Space Scheme policy proposals.

Housing Rights previously responded to a call for evidence in 2017. In October 2018, the Treasury published detailed policy proposals regarding the operation of a Breathing Space Scheme and associated Statutory Debt Repayment Plan (SDRP).

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Policy, Affordability

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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Benefits, Welfare Reform

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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Benefits, Welfare Reform

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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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Policy

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