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When everyone has a home

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December 2016

New legislation has just been passed which will delay the implementation date for the bedroom tax in NI from 23 January 2017 to 20 February 2017. The new legislation also makes new provision for social tenants to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) in specific circumstances.

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Legislation, Welfare Reform, NI Assembly


To ask the Minister for Communities to detail how many cases of damp have been reported to the Housing Executive, over the past four years. Mr Alex Easton, Democratic Unionist Party AQW 7498/16-21

The Housing Executive has advised that 25,150 cases of damp have been reported to it during the period from 1 November 2012 to 31 October 2016.

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NI Assembly

Housing Rights is delighted to be running its first accredited training course on Financial Capability. Increasing financial capability to safeguard homes will help you to empower your clients to manage their own budget and keep their home. 

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Social Tenancies, Practical tips, Welfare Reform

Our latest impact report looks at the positive impact that Housing Rights work has had on people’s lives.

Between April 2015 and March 2016, we gave 10,735 people advice and support for their housing problems. Of them, 

The Department for Communities have released the 2015/16 Northern Ireland Housing Statistics. These statistics cover a broad range of areas including homelessness, rent levels, and trends in the owner-occupier sector.

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Research, Policy

Universal Credit will be introduced to Northern Ireland on a phased basis, beginning on 27 September 2017 according to a statement released by Minister for Communities Paul Givan.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, NI Assembly

This latest report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and New Policy Institute analyses current data to present a comprehensive picture of poverty in the UK.  By examining both who is in poverty and how poverty effects people’s lives, the report offers a detailed account of poverty in the UK today. 

Among a number of key points, the report shows that:

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Research, Welfare Reform