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October 2019

The Department for Communities has released statistics covering the application of the benefit cap. Of the 1160 households subject to the benefit cap in July 2019, 530 had their benefits reduced by at least £50 a week as a result of this policy.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform
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The European Court of Human Rights ruled in a majority verdict that the application of the bedroom tax to a woman living in a property with a sanctuary scheme constituted unlawful discrimination.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Case law, Legal
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