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Financial Capability week runs from 14 November to the 20th November. Its aim is to raise awareness of the importance of financial capability.

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Our Community Housing Advice Partnership provides expert housing support to advisers working throughout Northern Ireland.  A recent case highlights how working in partnership with a housing specialist can help member agencies achieve the best outcome for clients.

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If you are pressed for time, but need to know about the changes that welfare reform will bring, our new, free online training will help you. 

Housing Rights Policy Officer, Stephen Orme, will take you through the basics of welfare reform.

The one hour training has four distinct parts.

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Housing Rights believes that everyone should have the right to live in a home which is safe and secure. Unfortunately, Northern Ireland, like the rest of the UK, experiences regular incidents of hate crime.

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The question of liability for rates in rental properties continues to be a major concern to our tenants.  Sarah Corrigan, Housing Adviser, discusses a recent case where this issue raised its head for a vulnerable, homeless single mother living in temporary accommodation arranged by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

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Levels of personal debt have grown significantly in the last number of years and consequently debt problems have become an increasingly large area of work for many advisers. The recession has exacerbated these problems for many people. Where a client’s debts include a housing element such as rent or mortgage arrears they risk losing their home if these debts are not addressed. 

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Members of Housing Rights gathered in June to learn about the most recent updates in housing policy and practice.  This was the latest in our series of Housing Advice Practitioners Forum, a regular event that provides members with an opportunity to keep abreast of latest developments and to discuss approaches and strategies for complex cases.

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A number of pieces of legislation which will impact on the work of housing and welfare practitioners have recently passed the Assembly.  Legislation is available online from Legislation.gov.uk.

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Stephen’s client, Esther, is a Housing Executive tenant who had previously fallen into rent arrears.  Esther said she’d been too embarrassed to talk to someone when she first fell into arrears and hadn’t gone to court when the Housing Executive had applied for a possession order.  In her absence, the judge granted a Possession Order with a stay.  This meant that Esther could continue to live in her home as long as she kept to the terms of the order, which were made by the judge in court.  Thi

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