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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.

Response to consultation on Housing Adaptations

Housing Rights supports the Report’s commitment to continue housing adaptations services, in order to ‘enable people with disabilities to remain at home and enhance their independence within their local community.’ Housing Rights’ experience in advising and supporting clients in need of housing adaptations leads the organisation to make the recommendations contained in our reponse. 

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Private Tenancies, Policy

Response to the Consumer Council’s consultation on its Draft Forward Work Programme 2016-17 and Corporate Plan 2016-2021

Housing Rights has highlighted the charging of fees by letting agents as a key issue for consumers, in our response to the Consumer Council’s consultation on its Draft Forward Work Programme 2016-17 and Corporate Plan 2016-2021.

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Regulation, Private Tenancies, Affordability, Legal

Response to Housing Executive Rural Housing Policy Proposals

Housing Rights has recently responded to a Housing Executive consultation on their draft Rural Policy Proposals.

Housing Rights welcomes the Executive’s ongoing acknowledgement of the need for specific policies on rural housing, and supports the overarching vision of the proposals: ‘Housing Services working in partnership to enable and support vibrant, shared and sustainable rural communities and provide economic, social and environmental benefits in rural areas.’ Comments were offered on several specific elements of the proposals:

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Homelessness, Equality, Affordability

Joint response to SSAC consultation on The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

Housing Rights and Law Centre (NI) have submitted a response to the Social Security Advisory Committee’s consultation on the Department for Work and Pensions’ proposed changes to Housing Benefit and Pension Credit, concerning temporary absences from Great Britain.

Although these Regulations initially refer to Great Britain only, it is expected that similar policies will be introduced in Northern Ireland, to ensure parity.

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Benefits, Welfare Reform, Policy

Response to Report of Access to Justice

The Access to Justice report has a positive message of retaining funding for housing cases and its particular reference to protecting people’s homes. Nonetheless, Housing Rights does have a general concern that a significant group of people have been overlooked in the report. There is much emphasis in the report about preventing the loss of a person’s home; and rightly so, as prevention of homelessness is a core area of work for Housing Rights. But, as discussed in its original consultation response, Housing Rights believes that the definition of homelessness should be considered in as wide a context as possible.

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