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Members Invited to Next Meeting of Housing Practitioner's Forum

Keeping our members up-to-date with the latest information on housing legislation, policy and practice is an important part of the work of Housing Rights and a key function of the Policy and Practice Team within Housing Rights.

One way in which we do this is through the Housing Practitioners’ Forum. All member organisations are invited to the Forum and, as it is a benefit of membership, it is free for members to attend.

Our next meeting will take place on 3rd September at 2pm at Housing Rights and will include a presentation by the Department for Communities on their Consultation regarding the Future of the House Sales Scheme. This consultation seeks views on the next stage of the Department’s work in relation to the Future of the House Sales Scheme.  This is in response to a decision by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in September 2016 to reclassify Registered Housing Associations in Northern Ireland from the private to the public sector (the compulsory nature of the House Sales Scheme having been identified as contributing to ONS’s decision to reclassify Registered Housing Associations). 

The Department will be briefing attendees on their consultation paper, which includes the following proposals:

  • Option 1 – no change
  • Option 2 – end the House Sales Scheme for Registered Housing Associations only
  • Option 3 – end the House Sales Scheme for Registered Housing Associations and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Attendees will have an opportunity to raise any queries or concerns they have in a subsequent discussion.

The Department’s presentation will be followed by legal information updates on Universal Credit and case law. The Forum also provides an opportunity for member organisations to raise their own clients’ queries with Housing Rights’ specialist advisers.

Members can book a place on the Practitioners’ Forum by emailing Laura@housingrights.org.uk.

Not a member?

Members of Housing Rights get access to 

  • Discounted training
  • Online professional resources
  • Invites to the Housing Advice Practitioners Forum

 If you would like to find out more about becoming a member organisation of Housing Rights, contact coral@housingrights.org.uk

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This article was written on 20 July 2018. It should not be relied on as a statement of the current law or policy position. For help with housing issues please contact our helpline on 028 9024 5640 or use our online chat service at www.housingadviceNI.org.