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The Department for Communities has released the Northern Ireland Housing Bulletin for April-June 2018. The bulletin highlights trends in homelessness, housing supply and house prices in Northern Ireland.

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Research, Homelessness

The Universal Credit and Jobseeker’s Allowance (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2018 were laid before Parliament on 5 November 2018. The most significant change brought about by these regulations is the removal of the restrictions on Universal Credit housing costs claims by job-seeking 18 to 21 year olds, a policy that was introduced despite much criticism in 2017.

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Benefits, Legislation, Welfare Reform

Carnegie UK has recently published an evaluation carried out by Just Economics on the CleverCogs™ digital care and support system introduced in Scotland in 2015.

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Research

The Court of Appeal for England & Wales has found that a local authority failed to comply with its Public Sector Equality Duty and erred in its decision that an applicant for homelessness assistance was not homeless because it was reasonable to expect her to remain in her home. Victoria Taylor, a recent Queen's University Graduate who is currently undertaking an LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice and volunteering with Housing Rights, discusses the case. 

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Homelessness, Case law, Legal
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Yesterday’s budget contained a number of measures designed to mitigate some of the most controversial aspects of Universal Credit. Here’s a quick run through of the most relevant housing and welfare announcements.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform

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