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Policy & Research

Our policy work is based on the experiences of people who contact us for advice. We work on their behalf to secure positive changes to housing legislation, policy and practice in Northern Ireland. You can read more about what we are striving to achieve in the coming year by downloading our policy priorities.

Below, you will find copies of policy briefings, consultation responses and research papers that Housing Rights has produced recently.

Housing Rights calls for a housing led review of DHPs

 A policy briefing: ‘Recommendations for Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) in Northern Ireland pre and post 2020, following a meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities to discuss the operation of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) as part of a delegation led by Nichola Mallon, MLA.

 

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Welfare Reform, Policy

The impact of Welfare Reform on housing

A briefing document for the All Party Group created and presented by Housing Rights in June 2018. 

The document highlights three key areas of concern and included a focus on the situation post 2020 when the current scheme of mitigation payments are due to expire.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Policy, Affordability

Response to Report of the September 2017 Review of Civil Justice

Due to our developing experience and expertise in this area, Housing Rights strongly feels that there is a role for alternative forms of dispute resolution in tackling housing disputes. Housing Rights therefore welcomes the opportunity to engage in the review of civil justice. In particular, we are eager to engage with the Review’s recommendations to develop a pilot online dispute resolution system, and the creation of a Civil Justice Council as a strategic driver of improvements in civil justice.

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Response for a breathing space scheme for people in serious debt

Our work includes helping people with mortgage, tenancy and other housing debts, and working to ensure that our clients are empowered to sustain their tenancies. Whilst the consultation on a “breathing space” scheme is initially relevant to England, Housing Rights welcomes the potential for this to be extended to Wales and Northern Ireland, and is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute on this basis. 

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Policy, Affordability

Housing Rights response to DfC proposals - A fundamental review of social housing allocations

We welcome the publication of a Review which aims to achieve a fair, transparent and effective Housing Selection Scheme in Northern Ireland, ensuring applicants in the greatest need have their housing needs met. It is Housing Rights’ view that further evaluation and/or refinement of some of the proposals cited could strengthen the impact of such proposals and ensure the Department’s aim is achieved. Housing Rights has offered the organisation’s views on how this may be best achieved within our response. 

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Social Tenancies, Policy

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