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December 2015

Janet Hunter awarded OBE

Housing Rights Director Janet Hunter has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for her services to the community.

Janet has worked in housing for over 30 years and has been the Director of Housing Rights since 1994.  Her passion for housing, and her belief in the ability of housing to transform lives, has grown throughout her career.

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a report evaluating the impact of the removal of the spare room subsidy or, in common terms, the implementation of the bedroom tax.   The research, carried out by Ipsos MORI and the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, has been carried out over a two year period.

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Benefits, Outside NI, Welfare Reform, Affordability

Housing Rights’ have been working with Cedar Foundation over the last 4 weeks to complete their OCN level 3 Housing Advice Training Programme.

Over the 4 weeks, the participants found out about

Leah Watters  BSc(Hons) BSc(Hons) MSc DipIOA MSc CMCIEH CIHCM , Senior Environmental Officer with Mid Ulster District Council, recently carried out research into condensation dampness in the private rented sector. She has kindly shared a summary of her research with Housing Rights. 

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Fitness, Private Tenancies

Research published by Homeless Link, an umbrella organisation for homeless charities in England, shows that the proposal to remove automatic entitlement to housing benefit from 18 to 21 year olds could have a devastating impact on vulnerable young people.

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Outside NI, Homelessness

Research from the Irish League of Credit Unions shows that over 270,000 people in Northern Ireland have used moneylenders or payday loans while a further 193,000 people would consider using these services.

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Money Matters, Affordability

At Housing Rights we feel that everyone should have access to specialist housing advice regardless of where they live in NI. Although our office is in Belfast, our services are available to people throughout Northern Ireland.  We also work with 24 agencies across NI to provide guidance, support and assistance on housing cases as part of our Community Housing Advice Partnership.

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Benefits, Practical tips, Affordability, Adviser

Hike4HopeNI is a walk from Derry to Belfast, organised by Professor Paddy Gray and Professor Siobhan O’Neil. The aim of the walk is to raise money and awareness around mental health, suicide and homelessness. The walk is over 5 days from the 17th-21st December 2015. You can get involved with the fundraising efforts in different ways. 

The Department for Social Development has announced that almost 5,000 people will have fees paid under the Landlord Registration Scheme refunded.  This refund comes about as a result in a change in policy.  Where previously all joint owners of a property were required to register and pay the associated fee, now the fee will only be paid by one person. 

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Private Tenancies, Landlord