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A new crisis fund has opened for people who are at risk of being cut off by their energy suppliers. The fund can help people who have almost run out of energy or who have received a bill that they cannot pay.

You can only apply for help if you meet

  • conditions about your income, and
  • conditions about your energy or fuel

You'll have to give evidence to show you meet these conditions when you apply.

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We've responded to the Department for Communities' consultation on intermediate rent.  

We know how important it is to address the shortage of housing in Northern Ireland. But any new housing product has to add to the net housing stock we currently have and must be truly affordable. 

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Housing Rights response to intermediate rent consultation

We've responded to the Department for Communities' consultation on intermediate rent.

We know how important it is to address the shortage of housing in Northern Ireland.But any new housing product has to add to the net housing stock we currently have and must be truly affordable

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Households in Northern Ireland are in danger of falling even deeper into housing poverty over the forthcoming months, according to local housing advice charity Housing Rights.  

With the withdrawal of government financial support measures introduced at the start of the pandemic coupled with soaring living costs, it is becoming more difficult for households to manage, with many accruing debts in order to get by.   

Stamp duty thresholds in Northern Ireland change on 1 July 2021. Buyers will continue to pay reduced rates of stamp duty until 1 October 2021, at which point rates will revert to pre-pandemic levels. 

Stamp duty in Northern Ireland from 1 July 2021

The stamp duty rates from 1 July 2021 are

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Young people who have been in care or who have experienced homelessness may be entitled to extra help with their rent from 31 May 2021.

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on all our lives.  As well as health concerns, many have been struggling with financial issues. It's important that people claim any financial help they can. The Make the Call service can help to identify benefits and entitlements you may be able to claim.

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A deduction is usually made from the amount of help a person gets towards their rent if there are non-dependants living in that person's home. This can occur if, for example, an adult child is living with a parent or guardian. It is expected that this adult child, or other non-dependant, will make up the difference towards the household's rent. 

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In the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chancellor decided to realign Local Housing Allowance rates so that they accurately reflected the 30th percentile of local rents. This announcement was widely welcomed, although many organisations argued that LHA rates should never have been allowed to drift so far from real market rents and that a more supportive emergency measure would be to increase the rates to the 50th percentile of local rents. 

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The UK think tank Resolution Foundation has produced a number of essential reports on the Covid-19 crisis over the past 9 months, including the most recent report focused on the necessity of reforming Statutory Sick Pay to support the Covid-19 recovery phase.

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