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Grainne Walsh speaks at Affordable Housing Conference

Housing Rights, in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Housing, held a conference on ‘Delivering genuinely affordable homes in Northern Ireland’ on Monday 14th October 2019 at the Skainos Centre in Belfast. Below, Policy Officer Kathleen Smyth summarises the thought-provoking presentations delivered on the day. 

New research from Housing Rights,  Falling Behind: Exploring the gap between Local Housing Allowance and the availability of affordable private rented accommodation in Northern Ireland, shows that renting privately in Northern Ireland is becoming increasingly unaffordable for people who rely on housing benefit to pay their rent.

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Benefits, Private Tenancies, Welfare Reform, Affordability
Cliff edge coalition

Earlier this month, Kerry Logan, Policy Officer with Housing Rights, spoke at the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Association’s Annual Conference. The aim of the conference was to share good practice and discuss key developments in the social housing sector. Conference delegates included housing association leaders, representatives from the Department for Communities, statutory and voluntary agencies, as well as professional and commercial suppliers.

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Benefits, Money Matters, Welfare Reform
Picture of homeless person in park

In a recently published report, CIH suggests that housing allocation policies in England need to be revisited to ensure that those most in need of housing are not excluded by process driven allocations policies. In certain cases, activity undertaken by housing providers to ensure that teanncies are sustainable actually undermines efforts to house those who need homes the most.

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Social Tenancies, Affordability