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Housing benefit regulations allow for ongoing payment of benefit while the claimant is absent from home in certain circumstances. The length of time during which benefit can be paid depends on the reasons for the claimant’s absence. A prisoner’s entitlement to continue to receive Housing Benefit while in custody depends on whether the person is on remand or sentenced.

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Coronavirus, Case law, Legal

The Cliff Edge Coalition NI urgently calls for loopholes in welfare mitigations to be closed and the mitigations package to be strengthened

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Welfare Reform

The Centre for Policy Studies, a centre-right thinktank, has recommended changes to Support for Mortgage Interest to ensure that homeowners don't face repossession as a result of job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Coronavirus, Repossession
Illustration of low income households to accompany report

Our latest research looks at the barriers facing low-income households who want to live in the private rented sector (PRS). The research aims to provide a better understanding of the needs of this group and to assess best practice initiatives which work elsewhere.

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Research, Private Tenancies

As COVID-19 continues to impact people across Northern Ireland, our advice teams are dealing with increasing demand for support and advice from people worried about their housing situation because of financial pressures or illness.

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Coronavirus, Policy