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028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

February 2019

Subscribers to the Child Poverty Action Group's Poverty journal will have seen a summary of the recent joint report from Housing Rights, the Law Centre and Advice NI on welfare reform mitigations in Northern Ireland and the looming crisis when these mitigations end in March 2020. 

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Policy

In R (Safi) v The Borough Council of Sandwell [2018] EWCA 2876 the Court of Appeal for England and Wales clarified the factors which are relevant in determining whether a household is homeless for the purposes of section 175(3) of the Housing Act 1996.

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Outside NI, Homelessness, Case law, Legal

The Tenant Fees Bill received Royal Assent on 12 February and paves the way for the banning of tenant fees from 1 June 2019. The Tenant Fees Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

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Private Tenancies
Screengrab from Karly Greene presentation on welfare reform in private rented sector NI

The Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee has called for views on how the welfare system works for people in rented housing. The Committee intends exploring how changes to the social security system are impacting on tenants and landlords.

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Benefits, Outside NI

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) argues that England should replace fixed-term assured shorthold tenancies with open-ended tenancies. It is argued that this measure, combined with restricting landlords to increasing rent only once a year and in line with consumer price inflation, will improve security for tenants in the private rented sector (PRS). 

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Outside NI, Private Tenancies

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