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028 9024 5640: Housing & Debt Helpline for Northern Ireland

May 2019

Crisis’s most recent Homelessness Monitor 2019 for England highlights concerns that housing and welfare policies are increasingly leading to homelessness. 

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Benefits, Outside NI, Homelessness
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Today, we submit written evidence to a Westminster Inquiry examining welfare policy in Northern Ireland.

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Welfare Reform, Policy

41 additional people or families stopped receiving extra payments to offset the impact of the bedroom tax between 1 October 2018 and 31 March 2019, bringing to 216 the total number of claimants who have lost this financial assistance, according to Department for Communities reports.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform

Housing Executive research has found that reclassifying the areas used to set benefit levels for private tenants could have serious affordability impacts on young people in Northern Ireland.

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Benefits, Private Tenancies, Welfare Reform

In February 2019, the Board of the Housing Executive approved the draft Chronic Homelessness Action Plan, which focuses on the “Ending Homelessness Together” commitment, set out in the Homelessness Strategy 2017-2022.

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Regulation, Homelessness
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A report has found that much of the cavity wall insulation in Housing Executive housing stock is below standard.

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Fitness, Social Tenancies

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Amber Rudd has announced an end to three-year sanctions in a written statement.  This is the highest level of sanction that can be meted out under Jobseeker's Allowance and Universal Credit.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform

The High Court in England and Wales has ruled that the government’s Universal Credit migration arrangements for people who had been in receipt of a Severe Disability Premium and who naturally migrated to Universal Credit before 16 January 2019 are unlawful.

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Benefits, Case law

Housing Rights is one of over 60 organisations in Northern Ireland which have joined together to express concern about the planned end in March 2020 of important mitigations which protect people from some of the harshest impacts of welfare reform.

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Benefits, Money Matters, Welfare Reform